7,800 gallons of water per minute rushed down Main Street

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- A water main break forced crews to close one block of Main Street, between 16th Street and 17th Street in Boise. United Water of Idaho crews said the street should be closed the rest of the day, Monday, and possibly part of Tuesday while they fix the pipe and road.

United Water says they were called into the area around 2:45 a.m. Monday because there was flooding on Main Street. When they arrived, they said there was 7,800 gallons of water per minute rushing down the street.

People staying at the Cabana Inn said water started rushing toward their doors and people began yelling, "flood!"

"I've been on the road the past two and a half days, and I was going to sleep in this morning because I'm about five hours away, but oh well," Robert Nazetta said.

It took crews about 15 minutes to turn the water off. They said five buildings in the area were without water during the early morning hours.

"All of our coffee mugs were actually dirty, so I was looking to clean one and when I went to turn it on there was no water, so I didn't have a clean coffee mug; didn't get my coffee, like I normally do," Alex Mereness said. "Ryan made some with water bottles, so we did have some, but it was a little bit of a tease because I didn't get to have any."

But crews worked hard throughout the morning and were able to get the water back on and running around 9 a.m.