NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)– A gas leak in New London led to evacuations and thousands of power outages on Wednesday afternoon.

Mitch Gross, of Eversource, said that a contractor doing work in a building downtown in the area of Bank and State Streets severed a gas line.

The gas was then shut off at that location and people in the area were evacuated. The evacuation was lifted shortly before 4:30 p.m.

Mayor Michael Passero said no injuries or property damage has been reported.

As a precaution, the power had to be shut down to safely complete repairs.

This led to 2/3 of New London to be without power, as well as 1,600 customers in Waterford and 58 in Montville.

Eversource reported around 4:45 p.m. that power had been restored to New London.

Crews are currently repairing the gas line but it’s unclear when that is expected to be completed or when the power will fully be restored.

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