WASHINGTON — A gas leak that caused two local schools to be evacuated has been controlled.
At 11 a.m. Friday, units from the Howard County fire department were told that a four-inch plastic gas line was struck in the area of Ilchester Road and Landing Road in Elkridge. The leak was controlled by 3 p.m. the same day.
As a precaution, students at Illchester Elementary and Bonnie Branch Middle schools in Elkridge, Maryland were relocated for the day. Our Lady of Perpetual Help was affected, but did not need to be evacuated due to having a pre-scheduled early dismissal. Homes in the area have also been evacuated.
Illchester students were transported by bus to Rockburn Elementary School where they remained through the end of the school day. They were bused home at regular times.
Bonnie Branch students and staff walked to Trinity School and were dismissed at normal Bonnie Branch dismissal time. Eighth graders who are at Centennial Park for a field trip were taken to Trinity and bused home at normal times.
All residents have returned to their homes, except for the residents of two homes, who will work with BGE to determine when they can return.
Parents of students who walk to school could pick up their child at Rockburn or Trinity at dismissal time, or earlier, if they chose. Ilchester Road at Landing Road will be closed for an extended time.