Update: The roads have reopened, the gas leak has been repaired and all residents have returned to their homes, according to the Gwinnett County Fire Department.
The original story is below.
HOSCHTON — A gas leak near Hoschton has shut down Braselton Highway in both directions as well as Flowery Branch Road in Gwinnett County.
Firefighters on the scene of the natural gas leak. Crews shutdown Braselton Highway in both directions because of the leak and equipment in the roadway.
Three nearby houses have been evacuated as a precaution due to escaping gas vapors. Firefighters have a hose line on the ground to protect gas company workers and are continuing to monitor gas readings in the area.
Per Hazmat Technicians, only minimal gas readings have been detected. A hot zone perimeter has been established. An emergency crew from Buford Gas is on the scene working to stop the leak.
The 3-inch gas line was cut by a utility crew digging near the roadway. Gwinnett Police responded to the scene to assist with traffic control.
Motorists are asked to avoid the area until the situation is brought under control. There are no injuries reported and no information on when the leak will be resolved.