MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – The Manhattan Fire Department evacuated the 6th Street area as Kansas Gas services respond to a natural gas leak, according to a Facebook post.
The area of 6th Street and Houston is now safe and open to the public, according to the Riley County Police Department.
Kansas Gas service cleared eight of the 16 households evacuated and are working to clear the remaining houses. It is also now safe to retrieve any vehicles left on scene during the evacuation of the Manhattan Public Library, according to the city.
The fire department has evacuated around 200 people from the Manhattan Public Library and Kansas Gas is on scene working to fix the leak, according to the city.
The City of Manhattan received a notice around 2:30 p.m. that construction workers struck a gas main during storm water work, according to the city.
People are asked to avoid the area of 6th Street and Houston.
This is an ongoing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.