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Gas leak causes temporary shutdown of Las Vegas Monorail

Updated Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 | 9:15 p.m.

Gas leak near Strip

Service on the Las Vegas Monorail was partially suspended for 75 minutes Monday afternoon after a construction crew working on the Linq project near the Strip hit a gas line, officials said.

Clark County firefighters were called to the intersection of Audrie Street and East Flamingo Road shortly before 3 p.m. on a report of a gas leak, said Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin.

The gas leak occurred underneath the monorail line, prompting officials to suspend service between the Flamingo/Caesars Palace and the Bally's & Paris Las Vegas monorail stations, Kulin said.

No one was injured in the gas leak, according to Caesars Entertainment spokeswoman Debbie Munch. Caesars is constructing the Linq, a multimillion-dollar shopping, dining and entertainment complex anchored by a 550-foot-high observation wheel.

The leak was contained by 4:15 p.m., but Southwest Gas crews continued to work to repair the gas line, officials said.

During that work, hot water service was interrupted to the guest rooms, restaurants and bars at the Flamingo and Imperial Palace hotels-casinos, but it was restored by 7:15 p.m., Munch said. There are 3,460 guest rooms in the Flamingo and 2,543 guest rooms in the Imperial Palace.

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  1. The only thing that will make that Monorail work will be the Linq. They have to make the price affordable for all, $1 or $2 a ride. That way it will undercut the RTC Strip Bus crowded $5 for 2 hours rate. It will then give a main destination for all the hotels on the line while building a new base of cash-flow. Could the Casinos just buy that damn pariah and help it work for the tourism community?