- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

SARDIS, Ohio (AP) - Families evacuated after an eastern Ohio gas well began leaking uncontrollably are waiting to learn whether they’ll be cleared to fully return before Christmas Day.

The problem began Dec. 13 as workers tried to resume production at a well that had been temporarily plugged in Monroe County, near Sardis. About two dozen families within a 1.5-mile radius were told to leave.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/13qSNyo ) reports some have stayed put, and others have returned to pick things up while spending nights with relatives or friends. A former elementary school has been used as a daytime shelter.

The county’s Emergency Management Agency says they might be allowed back for good by Wednesday, though that’s uncertain.

The company that owns the well has said crews would work to get it under control.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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