Steel From Collapsed Water Tank Being Tested

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Woody Chesser's home backs up to the Columbus Water Works treatment plant on River Road. When the company's six million gallon holding tank suddenly collapsed four days ago, it flooded his yard and home. He is one of several other homeowners whose properties were affected by the rushing water.

Chesser told News Leader Nine, "People in charge said that they'd take care of this, take care of that, take care of everything but as of today which is Wednesday, it hasn't been taken care of and it smells real bad."

Columbus Water Works says they are paying for the damage and their crews have been and will be working with homeowners to get things fixed. Engineers are also trying to figure out exactly what happened.

Steve Davis, with Columbus Water Works said, "They've come out and taken samples of the tank wall and they're doing evaluations on the metal to see if they can determine the cause and we hope to have some results back maybe by the end of next week. They can do evaluations and determine a lot about what caused the failure- did the steel overstress? Where did the breaks occur?- that's what they're in the process of doing now."

In the meantime, Water Works crews are checking all of their other 15 closed-top tanks in the city.

"We feel the need to go out there and give the public a little more reassurance and confidence that our tanks and coating systems are good, there's no safety issues with them so we're doing that now," added Davis.

Crews will be on the side of J.R. Allen Parkway removing debris all week.

Next week they'll start picking up the steel. So going eastbound on the bypass it will be one lane from 8:30 in the morning until 4:30 in the afternoon this week and next week.