Tru Seal temporarily closed after heavy rains

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

An industrial plant in Barbourville is temporarily closed after last night's heavy rain.

Tru Seal Technologies is trying to move forward without part of its roof which collapsed nearly 24 hours ago.

So now operations at Tru Seal are up in the air.

In a brief meeting this morning, officials decided to enforce a three-day emergency layoff for all employees.

Tru Seal workers are being asked to report back to work Wednesday morning when officials hope to have more information on what's next.

Excessive rain is possibly the culprit causing 5 percent of the roof to cave in at Tru Seal Technologies and the rain just keeps falling.

"I prefer that it was dry, but we've stabilized the situation back there, so storm water that comes into the building will be routed out through a way that is least damaging. So I think we're in pretty good shape," said Lee Burroughs, the plant manager.

Officials at Tru Seal are ensuring the safety of everyone shutting down the power and keeping people out of the production area where the roof caved.

"If the equipment gets wet, it gets wet. Safety comes first, and I'm not clearing anyone until I get reports from the engineers," said George Wilson, the general manager.

Engineers will be site on throughout the weekend determining how this incident will affect the plant.

"Short term, yes, it's going to stop production, but we've got some inventory in place to protect our customers," said Wilson.

"I can see a clear path to our recovery here. There's just a lot of work left to do now," said Burroughs.

For now, the plant is still scheduled to close in August.

Most areas of the plant are set to reopen Monday morning except for the production area affected by the collapse.

Nearly 35 workers were in the area where the roof caved in. Only six were taken to the hospital and released soon after with only minor injuries.

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