A natural gas leak in the downtown Waterbury area caused the loss of electric service to residents and businesses Thursday afternoon, according to Mayor Neil O'Leary.
The gas leak was reported at 60 North Main St., O'Leary said. It started at approximately 3:30 p.m., according to Eversource.
Electric and gas services were briefly interrupted but have since been restored, according to Eversource.
The gas leak is isolated to one building which is abandoned, Eversource said.
O'Leary said that electrical power in the area of the leak was shut down as a safety precaution.
Phone service has been interrupted at Waterbury City Hall because of the shut down of electrical power downtown, O'Leary said.
People are asked to avoid the area.
The cause of the leak has not yet been determined and crews continue to work on the issue, according to Eversource. It is unknown how long electrical services will be down.