An apparent gas leak forced the evacuation of a cafe in Florence and the closure of a section of westbound lanes on the East Side Highway Tuesday.

A Ravalli County Sheriff's deputy confirmed a gas main at Rodeo Drive and Wildlife Way has ruptured.

Cafe Firenze was evacuated and traffic limited until the rupture could be repaired.

By 1 p.m., emergency crews reported the problem had been fixed and the road was reopened.