After 7 months, gas leak in Prairie Village backyard finally plugged

Kansas Gas Service officials told homeowners that the leak would be fixed in four to six weeks on at least two occasions, only to have it persist.
Kansas Gas Service officials told homeowners that the leak would be fixed in four to six weeks on at least two occasions, only to have it persist.

A group of Prairie Village homeowners are breathing easier this week after the Kansas Gas Service repaired a slow leak in a backyard pipe that they first reported more than seven months ago.

At least three homeowners in the vicinity of 4400 Oxford Road called to report the strong smell of gas in the area starting in the early spring. On at least two occasions, the homeowners were told the repair would be made within four to six weeks. But not until this week, after Kansas Gas Service had been contacted about the issue by the Prairie Village Post, did crews come and make a complete repair of the leak.

“The leak was bad enough that on calm days with no wind you couldn’t open up the windows,” said Joe Houston, whose property abuts the property where the leak was located.

Kansas Gas Service spokeswoman Dawn Ewing said crews had categorized the leak as class 3 earlier this year, meaning that it was “nonhazardous at the time of detection and can reasonably be expected to remain nonhazardous.” State regulations require utilities to recheck class 3 leaks every six months and to complete a repair within 30 months.