Things are back to normal for the most part now. People are allowed to return home about 1:30 pm.
About 11 am, a contractor hit a gas main. Firefighters were dispatched to secure the area. They evacuated homes in the 600 - 800 blocks of North Broadway, as well as Crystal Lake to Cunningham.
Ameren shut off the leak about 1:15, then crews began repairs. Crews made sure to warn people to stay away. Crews say roughly 15 - 20 homes were without power for a few hours.
Ameren says it will continue to work throughout the evening until all repairs are made.
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