Crews Keep Close Eye On Leaning Water Tower

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email
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A busy Eastern Kentucky road is shut down as a leaning water tower
looms above it. Officials say it's not a matter of if the tower in Jackson County will come down, but when.

The water tower has only been up for two-weeks, but on Sunday morning an official noticed the tower was leaning 30-feet from it's original position.

The teetering tower caused crews to evacuate one home-owner and shut down a section of Highway 421 in case the tower fell onto the busy roadway.

The water tower sits on top of an abandon mine shaft which is caving in.

If it doesn't fall on it's own crews say they will be forced to tear it down.

Highway 421 will remain closed until the problem is fixed.

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  • by Rudy Location: Berea on Oct 5, 2007 at 12:06 PM
    So tell me please! When did Sand Gap Get A Mayor? My opinion dont count. But I think he is full of it.
  • by The mayor of Sand Gap Location: Sand Gap on Oct 4, 2007 at 09:39 PM
    The comments that are being made about this situation are comparable to those in a teenage chat room. Neither the engineering or construction of the tower was completed by local companies. Secondly, two thirds of Eastern Kentucky could fall prey to mine subsidance at any moment. Several of the comments made from our surrounging counties only leads me to believe that ignorance is rampant in places other than Sand Gap. The true magnitude of this disaster is the disruption in water services to our citizens. Oh yeah, This is a bonded project, so don't worry about your tax dollar. If ignorance is bliss, this is the most blissful forum on the web.
  • by lucy Location: jackson co on Oct 4, 2007 at 03:48 PM
    Thanks to the ones who have offered their support and prayers for jackson county residents -- and a very special thank you to Sandgap Fire department who has done an outstanding job protecting the citizens in the northern end of Jackson county.These folks are all volunteer - no pay what so ever for the services they provide. They don't have to be out there - I'm sure they had rather be home with their family;however, community safety is of great concern to these dedicated men and women.I have met most of the personnel of Sand Gap Fire Department and I can assure you that you will never find a more caring and dedicated fire department. I just want to thank the men and women for caring so much for the county they love.Never have I witnessed such care for a county and for each other- I stood back and watched as department members, both male and female alike, offered support and relief for their team members. Great Job guys and gals -- we are so proud to have you as "our guardian angels.
  • by donny Location: ky on Oct 3, 2007 at 08:43 PM
    people that put ky down they know as well as i no they would love to live in ky,,they mad cause they dont,u can only dream of living here,
  • by donny Location: ky on Oct 3, 2007 at 08:35 PM
    if u put a water tower on top of a mines u could be a red neck, hahaha,, well hope u get it fixted soon,dont look to good standing there.
  • by SG Location: Central Kentucky on Oct 3, 2007 at 02:54 PM
    I think Jackson CO. is beautiful.. The Mountains are gorgeous. Especially in the Fall. And the people in these mountain communities are great people. I am sorry you are having to deal with all this.
  • by Proud to be from Location: Eastern Ky!! on Oct 3, 2007 at 11:32 AM
    I have dealt with things that are being built on different types of land and let me tell you the engineers should have known better from the start!! they know how much this tower would weigh and what it takes to hold something of this size!! Don't blame the ones in authority because they don't specialize in this type of work and that is why they pay the engineers to recommend things of this nature. If it was me I would go after the ones that said to put it there that it would be safe! And all of you that are bashing Jackson, look at what you typed and remember where you learned how to spell. I am tired of trying to decipher what you are writing because you don't know how to spell!!! I am proud to be from Kentucky and hoped that everyone of you would be proud to!! If you're not then sounds like you need to move out of the state!!!
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Oct 3, 2007 at 10:52 AM
    By the way, if ALL of you knew about the mine, quarry, or whatever it is, why didn't you say anything when they started construction?
  • by Anonymous Location: SAND GAP on Oct 3, 2007 at 07:52 AM
    Dont blame the Water Tower blame the Rock Quarry. The Rock Quarry does not need to be right next to a major highway on both sides of the road! How many miles does the quarry go under ground? Does houses have to start falling in holes before something is done with these nuts that run the Quarry? They have already destroyed the road thru there, with all the pot holes and dirt. The trucks entering and leaving the highway is dangerous they pull right out in front of you most of the time and most dont use the tarps correctly to cover there loads. Something needs to be done with the Rock Quarry!!!! It IS A Disaster WAITING TO HAPPEN!!!!
  • by star Location: Sand Gap on Oct 3, 2007 at 07:27 AM
    If you dont live here keep your mouth shut! It wasnt our officials that said put the tower up there. If you dont like Sand Gap stay away noone cares! I personally do not go to madison county or laurel county I only go to the doctor, hospital or do shopping in lexington. Madison and laurel counties are a joke!!!


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