By Scott Gordon | Published Jul 30, 2018 at 4:16 PM | Updated at 10:28 PM CDT on Jul 30, 2018
A Fort Worth city leader is sounding an alarm about the number of incidents involving construction crews hitting underground water and natural gas lines.
"They're trying to save time by not hand-digging," said council member Cary Moon. "But they lose time when the city has to come out and repair those lines and they get billed for those extra costs."
Moon represents parts of north Fort Worth, where companies are digging in neighborhoods to install fiber-optic lines for high-speed internet connections.
Atmos Energy said construction crews hit buried gas lines 39 times in Fort Worth in July.
"When a construction crew accidentally damages a gas line, it can cause serious injury, evacuations and shut down roads or highways," Atmos said in a statement. "This is why we continually educate all of our employees, contractors and the public on the need to call 811 before you dig."
In May, a contractor for AT&T hit a gas line on Los Padres Court in north Fort Worth, forcing firefighters to evacuate the neighborhood.