(Canton, IL) -- A natural gas leak in the area of 11th Avenue and Chestnut Street in Canton caused authorities to evacuate some residents in that area on Monday. A natural gas leak was reported at about Monday morning. City officials then announced that residents within a 2 block area of North 11th Avenue and East Chestnut Street would be evacuated. Ameren Illinois was working in the area at the time of the natural gas leak. Motorists were also advised to avoid the area as a result of the gas leak. 11th Avenue remains closed between East Elm Street and East Chestnut Street.