Centralia Responds to Water Main Break

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CENTRALIA - Water was running again Monday after a water main break Sunday. But city water officials report they are still fighting a second water main break near the corner of Jefferson Street and Lakeview Street, caused when the first leak was fixed.

Crews got a call at about 5 a.m. Monday to fix the second break. One crew member said the second break was much less severe, but some homes are temporarily without water again while crews repair the second break.

Centraila is under a boil order through Tuesday. The order caused bottled water sales to skyrocket.

Prenger Foods, a local grocery store, sold nine pallets of water. Regina Kroeger, a store manager, said she has never seen water fly off the shelves like it has in the past two days. Customers bought about 15,000 bottles of water since Sunday.

Centralia Public Schools cancelled classes Monday because of the water main break. Students expect to return to school Tuesday, but school officials suggest students bring their own bottled water.