Covington evacuees allowed to return home

SEMINARY, MS (WDAM) - About 20 families in Covington County are finally returning to their homes after a natural gas leak forced them out. The families were evacuated Dec. 28 when the leak was discovered inside a cavern at Williams Gas Pipeline on Salt Dome Road near Seminary.

Since then, the families have been living in a Collins hotel while crews worked to depressurize the cavern. The company drilled 7 monitoring wells to confirm that methane had not migrated into the shallow sand outside of the company's property.

In addition, representatives from the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health have been monitoring air quality and have not discovered any adverse readings. The investigation into what caused the leak is still ongoing.

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