Engineers making an attempt to determine how large water tower cracked open in metro Atlanta metropolis – WSB-TV Channel 2

GRIFFIN, Ga. — A group of structural engineers climbed as much as look inside a water storage tank in Griffin Thursday, making an attempt to find out what precipitated the tank to crack Wednesday afternoon.

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The break up within the tank close to a steel seam precipitated a whole lot of hundreds of gallons of water to spill, threatening a constructing subsequent door that’s residence to dozens of small companies, together with eating places.

Some residents anxious the complete water tower may collapse.

“Fortunately it didn’t fall over or something as a result of that was our primary concern,” stated enterprise proprietor Linor Allen.

As a precaution, firefighters evacuated round 100 workers and prospects of the companies and cleared the realm across the spill.

“I wasn’t taking it very critically, however after I got here outdoors and seen it streaming out of the tower, I used to be considering, ‘Whoa that is critical.’ That’s after I obtained into my automobile and tried to get out as shortly as attainable,” stated enterprise proprietor Ashley Pike.

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An estimated 800,000 gallons of water leaked from the water or was drained. A lot of the water went via an underground storm drain and was carried to a close-by creek, so flooding was minimal.

The town supervisor says they’re making an attempt to find out the reason for the crack, and intently analyzing different seams within the tank to ensure they don’t seem to be prone to failing. She additionally stated the tower construction is secure.

“Foundationally it’s good to go. There isn’t a hazard of collapse and they’re nonetheless checking it,” stated Griffin Metropolis Supervisor Jessica O’Connor.

O’Connor stated the town has a number of water sources, so there must be no disruption of service whereas the 70-year-old water tower is being inspected and repaired.

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