GOODLAND, Ind. (WLFI) - Almost exactly a year ago, the Goodland water tower collapsed creating quite the mess, physically and financially, for the small town.
On the morning of Nov. 8, 2011, Goodland residents woke up to a collapsed water tower. Mark Turner has lived in Goodland for 30 years and lives just a block away from where the town's water tower used to stand. He said it's hard to believe it's been a year since that morning he woke up to the toppled tower.
"We got up early and realized we didn't have water. We noticed a lot of commotion, we got out and did some investigating. I came back and told the wife that the tower fell. She said, 'You're kidding me?" said Turner.
The town of Goodland now has a brand new water tower. It's located just outside of town, away from residents and their homes.
Town Council President Jim Butler said for ten months, the town utilized an updated pump system. Two months ago, the new water tower was ready to go. However, questions still remain on what caused the old one to collapse.
"We believe that there was an erosion or a corrosion issue in part of the standpipe," Butler said.
Butler said the total cost for the collapsed water tower and Goodland's new water tower is $1,042,000.
Butler couldn't tell News 18 much information about the collapse because of a pending lawsuit between the town's insurance company and the company that maintained the water tower.
Butler said if it wasn't for the citizens' patience, the situation could have been worse.
"As we've had streets dug up and that sort of thing, people just dealt with it. They realized it had to be done and they dealt with it. They've been great," Butler said.
"Everybody got by. Now, we got our new one out there in the country," said Turner.
A new one that residents hope stands for generations to come.
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