Water tower collapses in Shelby County community

kward1@herald-leader.comAugust 9, 2014 

A water tower collapsed, spilling thousands of gallons of water in a Shelby County community Saturday evening.

The tower, which held 100,000 gallons of water and was full at the time of the collapse, sat behind a church and post office at 3129 Waddy Road in downtown Waddy, Shelby County Emergency Management Director Paul Whitman said.

No one was injured, but the church and post office were flooded and have been closed while the damage is assessed, he said. Another building used by the church also was damaged.

Whitman said the structure was a "silo-type" water tower that was about 75 feet tall and is owned by U.S. 60 Water.

He said it is unknown what caused the tower to fall.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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