Gas leak forces the evacuation of some homes North of Troy

A natural gas leak has forced the evacuation of some homes North of Troy. The Latah County Sheriff’s Office reports that a construction crew hit a gas line North of town about 11:00 this morning. Deputies have evacuated some homes in the Orchard Loop, McKeehan Road area effecting about 6 residents. Avista Utilities crews are on scene working to fix the leak. No word yet when the rupture will be fixed.