Water main break floods Monroe home, closes schools

MONROE, Wash. -- A water main break in Monroe spewed thousands of gallons and flooded at least one home early Tuesday morning, and left dozens of homeowners without water.

Scott Johnson says he woke at 3:30 a.m. to let his dog out and heard rushing water near his home at Brown and Ingraham Streets He stepped outside his home and saw water in his driveway and garage.

He also found water in the crawlspace under his home, and it turns out he may lose his furnace to water damage.

Fire crews rushed to the scene and shut the water off a little after 5 a.m. But not only are 75 homeowners without water, the break forced the closure of nearby Salem Woods and Chain Lake schools.

Crews are still looking into the cause of the break, but say they suspect it's in the water main itself or in a connector. Neighbors wonder if it may have something to do with gravel placed on the road a few days ago.

Meanwhile, Monroe city crews are vacuuming up the water.