The Buford highway has been closed for the last week after an emergency that forced the evacuation of many residents.
The city of Buford has issued a state of emergency and urged residents to seek alternate transportation options to the city center, including bus routes.
“This is a very serious and critical situation, and it is our hope that our city can be able to provide residents with alternate transportation,” said Mayor William R. Strain in a press release.
“We urge residents to make arrangements to make alternative transportation arrangements.
In the event of a similar situation occurring, all residents will be asked to stay at home until further notice.”
The evacuation order was first issued on April 5.
According to the town’s website, the road was closed to traffic for two days, and the highway is currently closed to all vehicular traffic, including emergency vehicles, due to a gas leak.
Strain also said that the town is working with emergency responders and state agencies to address the problem.
The town has received a report from the state’s emergency operations center and has received an order from the California Department of Forestry to evacuate residents, Strain said.
Residents can still access their cars at the Buford State Forest Park, which is near the town of Buena Vista.