Madisonville Public Works employees saw firsthand the immediate dangers of striking a gas line during a mock scenario and informational session at the Kimbro Center on Thursday.
“The visual aid is what we were going for,” said Director of Public Works Kevin Story after the mock strike. “This is not just for contractors or workers, but also individuals working on their property. You need to call 8-1-1 and have them come out and look at the utilities. If not, this is what can happen.”
Before the mock strike, workers were given vital information by representatives of Texas 8-1-1, ATMOS Energy and the City of College Station. The mock event was assisted by the Madisonville Police Department, Fire Department and EMS, who responded to the staged emergency in order to give onlookers an idea of the real thing.
“We wanted to show people that it is not easy to just dig something up,” said Story. “You do not always know whether or not there is something under the ground that could harm you or somebody else. I do not want to have to make a phone call to somebody’s loved ones saying that they are not coming home because we dug somewhere we did not locate. Our goal is to go home at the end of the day with the most important thing: our lives.”
It is absolutely necessary to call Texas 8-1-1 before embarking on any project that involves breaking ground. Whether one is planting a tree or building a skyscraper, there is a high probability of an underground utility line being within the site.
For more information, visit texas811.org.