Sarpy County Local News

La Vista family evacuated after a tree crashed into their home, causing a gas leak

La Vista, Nebraska – After a severe storm passed through the Metro area, causing widespread damage, the La Vista Police reported an incident where a tree fell on a house, resulting in a ruptured natural gas line on Wednesday evening.

Josh Griswold, who was present at home with his wife and son, described the moment as a loud crash, likening it to an explosion. Fortunately, no one inside the house was injured, but the impact caused damage to both the structure and the gas meter.

Angela Griswold expressed her surprise at the extent of the damage, initially expecting it to be just a branch, only to discover leaves scattered inside the house. The incident occurred in the vicinity of Parkview Boulevard and Diane Court, near Apollo Park.

Upon exiting their home, the family immediately detected a hissing sound and the distinct odor of gas. Angela Griswold mentioned experiencing a headache from the gas exposure, even when she was across the street.

La Vista Police confirmed that all gas lines were secured, allowing residents to return home after approximately an hour. However, Black Hills Energy, in a statement to The Sarpy County, explained that due to the size of the fallen tree, service restoration would be delayed until the tree is removed. Ensuring customer safety remains their top priority, and their technicians will collaborate with the homeowner to schedule necessary repairs promptly. Typically, repairs for damaged meters are completed on the same day, but this situation requires additional attention and coordination.

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