Effective as of 2:30 p.m., FM 490 has been shut down for all through traffic from US 281 West to FM 681 in McCook, due to an underground gas-line leak, about 10 miles West of 281. It is expected to remain closed for the next 24-30 hours.
TxDOT has barricades and personnel at both locations. Motorists that normally use FM 490 as passageway are asked to seek alternative routes. Persons residing in the area will be allowed passageway to and from their residences. No through traffic will be allowed.
The natural gas leak was detected bubbling under the roadway. There was no fire or other event associated with this leak. Linn San Manuel FD and Edinburg FD, as well as TxDPS And TxDOT responded. Preliminary repairs are underway.