UPDATE: Brookfield Zoo planned to be open for business as usual Saturday following Friday’s gas main break.
CHICAGO (CBS) — The main entrance at Brookfield Zoo had to be closed Friday after a gas main break nearby, and its smaller south parking lot quickly filled to capacity.READ MORE: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman Has 'Stepped Aside' Following Independent Probe Into 2010 Sexual Assault Claim Against Former Coach
Brookfield Zoo spokeswoman Sondra Katzen said a 3-inch gas pipe ruptured near its north entrance at 31st Street and Golf View Road around 11 a.m.
It was not immediately clear how the gas main ruptured, but construction crews were working in the area at the time.READ MORE: 4,500 COVID Test Kits Stolen From Northwestern University
The north parking lot was closed while crews worked to repair the broken gas main, and the south lot quickly filled to capacity, so no other vehicles were being allowed in the south entrance, though the zoo itself was still open. The main lot on the north side of the zoo holds approximately 3,500 cars, while the south lot holds only 520.
Another 420 cars can park at the lot at the zoo’s Discovery Center, which is accessible only through the south entrance.
The zoo was making accommodations for visitors who parked in the north lot and cannot get out. Officials estimated the north lot would be closed until approximately 2:30 p.m.MORE NEWS: Dozens Of Officers Rally Outside CPD Headquarters, Protesting City's Vaccine Mandate
Meantime, all visitors must enter through the south gate, along Golf Road, near Riverside-Brookfield High School.