Hay River News Buildings evacuated in Hay River following gas leak SHARE ON: Greg Hanna, contributor, Monday, Jul. 18th, 2016 Several buildings are on evacuation in Hay River’s downtown after a gas line was accidentally cut. A worker accidentally cut the line with a reciprocating saw during demolition of the Don Stewart Arena. “The pool and area including Driftwood Diner, NorthMart, and the Source were evacuated and a perimeter set-up to protect the public from any possible danger,” read a statement from Mayor Brad Mapes. The town says the leak has been reduced to a slow, controlled release, and does not pose a risk to the public. Officials expect a strong odour to remain until the rest of the system has drained within three to five hours.