Traffic on FM 1187 through Aledo is blocked as of about 2:30 p.m. due to a breakage in a high=pressure gas line in the vicinity of Aledo Middle School. Residents are encouraged to avoid the area until the leak can be addressed.
Traffic is now flowing through the south end of FM 1187 as the Aledo Volunteer Fire Departemnt was able to cap a natural gas leak across 1187 from Vandagriff Elementary School.
According to Fire Chief Scott Mitchell, someone apparently backed over a gas meter, rupturing a high-pressure gas line at the location. The pipe was sheared off at the ground.
The Aledo VFD successfully capped the line until the gas company can make permanent repairs.