Gas leak on W. Main is stopped, residents can return: DL police

The strong smell of gas is recognizable about three blocks before the site of the leak. (Desiree Bauer / Tribune)

A gas leak in the 600 block of West Main Street that caused several streets to be cordoned off and residents to be evacuated has been stopped.

The Detroit Lakes Police Department posted late this evening on Facebook that the leak was stopped and the evacuation order lifted.

"The Detroit Lakes Fire Department has cleared the scene," according to the Facebook post. "Minnesota Energy will continue to be in the area working on getting services restored to the residents without natural gas."

The situation started around 11:15 a.m., with an "awful smell," according to some who were in the neighborhood at the time.

Crews were still working on scene late into early evening.


“We’re taking our precautionary measures to make sure it’s safe in all directions,” DL police Officer Michael Lundeen said this morning.

Lundeen said that they “checked every house” and evacuated those inside. He wasn’t sure what the cause of the leak was.

Repairs to fix the leak were underway around 11:40 a.m. But just after noon today, the Detroit Lakes Police Department wrote on Facebook that "(i)t is anticipated that the repair will take four or more hours.

"The 500 Blocks of Rossman, Oak Grove, West Main and West State were evacuated due to the gas leak," according to the police post. "The Detroit Lakes Fire Department requests that the evacuation of these blocks remain in effect until the repair is made."

Detroit Lakes Police and Fire Departments, the Becker County Sheriff’s Department, and Essentia Health - St. Mary’s were all on scene.

Many different responders are positioned around the gas leak. (Desiree Bauer / Tribune)

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