Downtown Lapeer is closed this morning after gas entered the sewer lines running below downtown.

According to WNEM, manhole covers were dislodged because of the explosions under the street.

Lapeer Police closed the entire downtown area after the first sign of problems around 4:30am this morning.

The roads are blocked by barricades right now at Saginaw and Oregon, Saginaw and Horton, Nepessing and Mason, and Saginaw and Nepessing. There are many other road closures leading into the downtown area.

Right now there is no clear cause of the gas leak, but Lapeer Police are making sure everyone stays out of the downtown area until it is fixed.

The Lapeer Police Department provided the following statement.

Nepessing Street road closures. On Wednesday, May 29th at approximately 4:30am Officers from the City of Lapeer Police Department responded to the area of downtown City of Lapeer for a noise complaint. The investigation has discovered that gasoline, from at this time an unknown source has entered into the sewer lines causing a disruption that led to several manhole covers being dislodged. City of Lapeer Fire Department along with the DPW are investigating the incident. The entire downtown area is closed off to traffic. Barricades are up at Saginaw and Oregon, Saginaw and Horton, Nepessing and Mason and Nepessing and Saginaw along with several other areas. At this time it is unknown how long the barricades will remain in place. This post will be updated at 9:30AM."


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