Friday water outage side effect of tornado damage
by Jessica Loeding
Mar 30, 2013 | 1622 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two months after a tornado ripped the roof off the Collins Mountain water tank, the city of Adairsville on Friday experienced spotty water outages.

City Manager Pat Crook said late Friday morning that a mechanical malfunction in the infrastructure caused the shortage.

The Collins Mountain tank offered 2 million gallons of storage for the city, and with the tank out of service, Crook said there is “no room for any glitch.” The pre-stressed concrete tank suffered “substantial” damage after the roof was torn off and concrete was dropped into the tank and “swirled” around, she said.

Friday’s outage, which began about 7 a.m. and lasted several hours, was focused in the area under the tank’s shadow. Crook said businesses, such as Cracker Barrel, and residences clustered in that portion of the city saw the most outages.

During a meeting last month, Crook said the city’s water department is successfully operating without the tank. Water Superintendent Casey Earley, she said, had calculated the department can supply the city while still selling water to Floyd and Bartow counties.

On March 14, the Adairsville City Council approved the necessary measures be taken to expedite the repair or replacement of the water tank. The extent of the damage has slowed the insurance process.

“This is an insurance settlement and we are waiting on the insurance company to make a decision on whether it is able to cover a repair or a replacement of the tank,” Crook said during the meeting. “They’ve asked for some additional testing, so we’ve been delayed about a month.”

On Friday, Crook said the city expects it to be fall before the tank is operational.