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Evacuation in Black Diamond, Alberta is over after gas leak contained

BLACK DIAMOND, Alta. — A community south of Calgary where a gas leak prompted an evacuation says the leak has been contained and people can return to their homes and businesses.

The Town of Black Diamond says on its website that the gas has been shut off and the building where the leak occurred has been safely ventilated.

An Alberta Emergency Alert was issued Saturday morning, saying there was a significant gas leak following an incident in downtown Black Diamond.

It said the downtown area was closed to traffic and that nearby businesses and homes were being evacuated.

That alert has since been cancelled, and the town says evacuees can safely return.

The town says downtown streets that were closed would reopen as soon as emergency crews wrapped up their operations.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 20, 2020.

The Canadian Press