SPOKANE-- A water main break caused flooding and a natural gas leak in northwest Spokane Monday afternoon.
Officials say a 12 inch water main break on the 2200 block of West Houston released 700,000 gallons of water. The sewer department was sent out to clean up the water.
Avista says the 3/4 line ruptured due to the water main break. They recieved a call around 2:05 and had the leaked capped by 2:45 p.m. Homes in the area were evacuated around the affected area while Avista crews worked to repair the gas line.
The City Water Department shut down water to the broken main causing 20 homes to be without water until at least 9 p.m.
The incident left a huge hole in the middle of the street.
The City Wastewater Department worked to deal with standing water in the area. Some homes experienced flooding and a claims adjuster to assist homeowners.
The surge in the system as a result of the break caused fire alarms to go off at NorthTown Mall and other nearby businesses.