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Two gas leaks close roads Tuesday afternoon in south Forsyth
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SOUTH FORSYTH -- Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the Forsyth County Fire Department responded to reports of two separate gas leaks Tuesday afternoon.

The intersection of Windermere Parkway and Old Atlanta Road and the southbound side of Windermere Parkway were closed because of one leak, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

Deputies were on scene rerouting traffic so the gas company could work to fix the leak, said Deputy Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

The leak began about 1 p.m. on the edge of a CVS property, and store employees and customers were asked to shelter in place, according to Forsyth County Fire Department Division Chief Jason Shivers.

Crabapple Academy is located adjacent to the leak and was also asked to shelter in place, Shivers said.

Pickup was conducted through the south entrance of the school, where teachers let students out as their parents arrived in order to keep the scene from getting chaotic, he said.

“It’s an inconvenience, but we’re doing this with safety in mind, especially with lightning in the area,” Shivers said.

Cars and buses leaving Lambert High School, which is just south of the leak, were also rerouted in the opposite direction to prevent more traffic from accumulating, Shivers said.

Another leak was reported about 2:15 p.m. at the intersection of Mullinax Road and Windy Hill Drive, but Rodriguez said the roads were quickly reopened.