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Few returning to homes following Georgetown gas leak

After a full month, homes and businesses in Georgetown are still vacant following a gas leak on Feb. 20. For a handful, the evacuation has been lifted.

GEORGETOWN, Texas — It has been exactly one month since the Atmos gas leak forced people from their homes and businesses. Most are still not back. 

It's all happening near the corner of Williams Drive and River Bend, where 65 businesses and 67 homes are still evacuated.

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But now some homes on the edges are being allowed back in.

That's people like the Bergman's. They have four kids, so living out of a hotel for 10 days was a lot to handle.

"Thank goodness for my awesome wife," said Kris Bergman. "I get to go to work, and she has to stay with them. I mean, it was hard."

Atmos crews are still inspecting the area where the leak happened 24/7 because they're waiting for the natural gas that's trapped in the soil to be released.

It is only a handful of homes and businesses that have been allowed back in according to an Atmos representative.

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"We will provide further updates and a timeframe for lifting evacuations when possible," said Celina Cardenas Fleites, the communications manager with Atmos, in a statement.

Even with them being allowed to come home, there's still some small concerns.

"I do feel safe," said Bergman. "We don't have any gas, but knowing that that gas leak was so close, I can't even do a fire in my backyard. You go to the main road where the main line is and there are people who can't go into their house without complete ventilation."

They're still saying that these evacuations are out of an abundance of caution but people are ready to move back in.