Late Wednesday night the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office [CCSO] announced that a gas leak in the area around Willow Pass Road in Bay Point had triggered mandatory evacuations.
The notice issued by CCSO reads in part:
Due to natural gas leak, an immediate evacuation has been ordered in Bay Point between Bailey Road and Loftus Lane and from the railroad tracks south to Hanlon Way. Leave now and go to either the Calvary Temple Church or Pittsburg BART.
Take only those essential items you have ready and can carry with you. Pets must be in a carrier or on a leash. Lock your windows and doors as you leave. Stay off the phone unless you need to report a life-threatening emergency at your location. However, if you are physically unable to leave your home unassisted, call 9 1 1 for help.
BART warned commuters via Twitter that the Pittsburg/Bay Point station parking lot is serving as an evacuation center right now and that this may limit parking for the Thursday morning rush.
[Update: BART announced Thursday morning that the evacuation center has moved from the station parking lot to Los Medanos College.]
This is a developing story and we will update as conditions change.
[Update: CCSFO announced Thursday afternoon that the leak no longer poses a threat and that Bay Point residents are free to return to their homes.]