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Forest Park Avenue residents concerned with increased gas company presence

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Residents on Forest Park Avenue in Springfield tell CBS 3 they've seen gas crews working on their street all too often as of late.

“A couple of weeks ago they started being around here again and we were frightened because there were gas leaks and now they're up every other night,” 30-year Forest Park Avenue resident Tom Manion said.

Some residents tonight said they were simply confused with crews marking up snow banks with spray paint and were curious as to why gas companies have had an increased presence as of late.

“This afternoon when I went out they had trucks from Westerview all the way up to the other part of Westerview,” Manion said. “And we were saying what the heck is going on.”

“I guess gas leaks happen a lot from what I just heard from a couple of people down the road so hopefully they fix it,” Ryan O'Connor said who lives on Riverview Street that intersections with Forest Park Avenue.

CBS 3 reached out to Columbia Gas for further information regarding the recent spike in gas related incidents near Forest Park Avenue.

“There is no reason for residents to be alarmed,” Andrea Luppi, Communications Manager at Columbia Gas said. “Crews do regular maintenance sweeps of neighborhoods and discovered the leak. However, the leak is a ‘Grade One' leak which means it needs to be repaired immediately.”

The leak was at the intersection of Riverview Street, Westerview Street and Forest Park Avenue.

Traffic was detoured while crews continued to work.

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