Quarry in Monroe Co. fills with water, overflows

A once barren, 100-foot-deep quarry in Monroe County has been filling with groundwater for more than a decade, and now is flooding some yards and basements nearby.

The Monroe Evening News reports the old France Stone quarry in Monroe Township recently overflowed into Howard Surber's yard, and he and other neighbors fear that the rising water will cause irreparable property damage.

People who live in the area met Thursday with government officials and William Gross, the quarry owner, to try to find a solution. Officials hope to get permission to siphon water from the quarry into a creek.

Gross says he was planning to put in an overflow system to fix the problem, but the state halted any work he was doing last year because it was decided the quarry was now a lake and no longer a quarry.

The quarry was actively mined for more than 80 years. Mining ceased in 1993, the pumps were removed and the pit began to fill up.