GOUVERNEUR — A ruptured natural gas line in front of Gouverneur Hospital, 77 W. Barney St., forced the hospital to divert patients to other hospitals Tuesday.
Whitney Hicks, a hospital spokeswoman, said patients were diverted to Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Ogdensburg and Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.
While officials from Enbridge Gas Inc. worked to repair the line, incoming and outgoing traffic was closed on West Barney Street, Jefferson Street and Route 58. The line was ruptured at 12:40 p.m., reportedly by a contractor working on a municipal water line.
“It could take several hours because it was a major line,” Ms. Hicks said. “There were no injuries and no evacuations. Everything is under control.”