Crews Demolish Leaning Water Tower

The leaning water tower in Jackson County is now a thing of the past. The tower came crashing down on Tuesday morning.

It was built on top of a mine shaft near McKee. The ground underneath started to give way, causing the tower to lean.

Crews had been keeping an eye on it, hoping it would fall on it's own, but no luck. Tuesday morning, demolition crews went to work.

Crews said the tower fell exactly where they'd hoped and no one was injured.

They did shut down highway 421 during the demolition just in case there was flying shrapnel. The next order of business is figuring out what to do with the now useless tower.


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  • by pat Location: clover bottom on Apr 17, 2008 at 07:30 AM
    hey i know this happened a long time ago but i wonder if there going to build a new water in the clover bottom area they might not want to build another one down there near the old one they need to build one in waneta or some were in the area when the tower fell i live like 10 mintues a way from in on cave springs road it was a loud boom! noise and then i heard every body screaming and every body took off on fourwellers and i got on mine and drove up there and i coldnt get thru so then i went to save a lot and seen it laying there i heard theres a bunchs of huge deep holes up there and a crane and truck got swollowed i was like oh my gosh! thats bad! the tower is still up there i wonder if they company caldwell is going to come build a new one and get red of the old one?
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Nov 10, 2007 at 03:04 PM
    Hey J, it is my buisness when a stupid hill-jack wasted tax money and could have cost people thier lives. What are you people on dope???
  • by kayla Location: clover bottom ky on Oct 17, 2007 at 05:32 PM
    yesterday me and my 2 childern and my husband matt was out side jumping on the trompoline and then we heard something like neerw then boom! my husband fell off the trampoline when it happened it was scary!!! that would of been something good for halloween!!
  • by J Location: Jackson Co. on Oct 17, 2007 at 04:30 PM
    Hey Dave, you know what I don't see it really is any of your business how much they spent on it since you don't live here so don't worry about it........Hey c.c. they done the safest thing they could do at the time you didn't see what I seen the ground around the tower and the ground leading up to it was so unsafe the workers couldnot get to it.
  • by ky Location: ky on Oct 16, 2007 at 07:48 PM
    i am glad this is over!
  • by c.c Location: richmond on Oct 16, 2007 at 07:42 PM
    guess it was about time to do something with that thing. it has been almost 2 1/2 weeks since that sunday morning. it is real comforting to know that they closed 421 while they knocked it down, after they let us drive by it for 2 weeks while they were hooping it would fall on its own. what would have happened if it had flying shrapnel? i don't guess they really cared!!!!!!!oh well jackson county has made history once again....with a leaning water tower!!!!!!1
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Oct 16, 2007 at 06:24 PM
    Smooth move exlax. Now how much money has this county wasted by building on a mine!
  • by chairty Location: clover bottom ky on Oct 16, 2007 at 05:43 PM
    this evening i was cleaning house and the house began to shake and my husband helled timber!! and then a loud boom!noise and then that was all i live on cave springs road write before u get to the tower south of 421

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