What Can Happen If You Don’t Call 811 Before You Dig

What Can Happen If You Don’t Call 811 Before You Dig

Lela Garlington | Commercial Appeal

Before he ever buckled himself into the passenger seat of a helicopter to inspect natural gas lines, Mark Byrd witnessed the devastating impact of a major gas-line eruption.

On Oct. 27, 1998, a gas line erupted about a half-mile south of Holmes Road in the Hickory Hill area. The area was being developed commercially. Warehouses were springing up almost overnight in former farm land.

A contractor failed to call 811 before he started digging.

Byrd, who worked as a welder at Memphis Light, Gas and Water at the time, was among those who drove to the scene shortly after the contractor on the dozer hit the gas line…(Read the full story)

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