Gas leak in East LA causes mandatory evacuations (Map)

Gas crews are currently working to repair damage that was done by a third party excavator on Monday afternoon, forcing evacuations in an East Los Angeles neighborhood.

"It appears that a water company contractor was working to replace a water main and damaged our pipeline," said Rochelle Silsbee, media spokesperson for the Southern California Gas Company. "All the crews are on site and are diligently and quickly trying to make repairs as safely as possible."

Residents of East Los Angeles were evacuated from their homes Monday afternoon due to a gas leak, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Service is expected to be restored in a few hours, or as soon as the situation is contained.

Approximately 80-100 people and between 50-60 homes have been affected by the evacuations. 

Those living on South Gerhart Avenue, between West Pomona Boulevard and East Beverly Boulevard are being asked to leave their homes, the department reported. Residents on adjacent streets are not, NBC4 reports.

Evacuees can go to Garfield High School located at 5101 E. Sixth Street, Los Angeles. 

A crew punctured a gas line in the 300 block of South Gerhart Avenue; and Los Angeles County Fire is on scene working to eradicate the problem. 

The Gas Company estimates the gas leak will be repaired by about 8 p.m.