An apparent tornado touch-down in St. Louis Park Sunday afternoon triggered a gas leak at a local manufacturing plant and led to the evacuation of nearby residents, but the leak has been stopped and clean-up work is underway.
Much of the area around the has been cordoned off by various emergency vehicles for further clean-up of branches and other debris. City spokesman Jamie Zwilling said he expects those roads to be closed to traffic for another hour or two.
Zwilling added that Center Point energy crews were able to stop the leak quickly, as well as a second leak at a nearby condominium complex.
A tornado likely touched down in the area around 2 p.m. before moving north to Minneapolis and the Fridley area. The roof of the Nestle plant was damaged by the storm, but Zwilling said the damage was moderate. No injuries were reported.
More than 240 people work at the plant, which is slated to by the end of 2012.