UPDATED AGAIN: Road opened following propane leak in Beltrami County
Update 9:05 p.m.: The Bemidji Fire Department advises that the propane truck has been emptied and air quality tests conducted. There is no longer any danger at the location of the hazardous materials incident. Residents have been advised to return to their homes and the barricades have been removed from the roadway.
Update: 8:25 p.m. -- The Bemidji Fire Department advises that the propane gas release is getting close to a resolution. The truck is nearly empty and air quality tests will be conducted to assure it is safe to be in the immediate area. The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office will announce when the road is open to traffic. Emergency personnel also in contact with the three home owners who are presently evacuated.
A propane leak necessitated the closure of a Beltrami County road today.
Fern Lake Road Southwest, located in Grant Valley Township in southwestern Beltrami County, was closed this morning.
Residents are urged to stay away from the scene. Once the leak is secured, Beltrami County Sheriff's office will advise the public.
According to a press release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office:
A propane delivery truck from Grand Rapids developed a leak at about 10 a.m. Monday and was forced to pull over along Fern Lake Road, about 1.5 miles south of Becida Road Southwest.
Fern Lake Road was blocked. One resident was evacuated for safety reasons. Other residents were given the option of evacuating.
Beltrami County deputies are assisting with perimeter control.
Traffic has been diverted to Leonardsway Road Southwest.
Responding to the incident were the Bemidji Fire Department, Beltrami County Sheriff's office and Bemidji Ambulance Service.
A Minnesota Department of Transportation tank specialist is en route.