A six to an eight-block area of downtown Columbia was evacuated recently due to a gas leak. 

Road construction workers struck a natural gas line at Legion and N. Main Street around 2:00 pm.

The Columbia, IL Fire Department says that Ameren Illinois crews were on the scene. Gas and electric were shut off to the area. After Ameren crews checked each building, power was then being restored.

Around 20 downtown restaurants and business were evacuated. Many people simply went home.

If needed, others were moved to the Columbia city hall. No injuries were reported.

Source: Fox2 Now TV St Louis