Businesses in Clarion are reopen today after being forced to close at mid afternoon on Wednesday after a gas line was struck at 3:30 p.m. Wright County Emergency Management Director Jim Lester reported a crew was burying fiber optic cable in the 100 block of Second Street N.W. when the gas line was struck. The accident caused the evacuation and sheltering in place of nearby residents. All downtown businesses were forced to close due to the incident. Detours were set-up throughout Clarion including the rerouting of traffic on Highway 3 through Clarion. Crews from Mid American Energy were on the scene to make repairs to the line. The repairs to the gas line were completed early Thursday morning. All roadways were reopened to traffic at 2:00 a.m. Agencies responding to the incident included the Clarion Fire, Police and Ambulance Service, Clarion Public Works, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Wright County Emergency Management, Wright County Secondary Roads, Iowa State Patrol and the Iowa Department of Transportation.