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An explosion occurred July 30 at the Grainland Cooperative elevator located just west of Eureka. 

EUREKA — Work continues on rebuilding a Eureka grain elevator destroyed by an explosion last month.

Employees were scheduled to begin work that day at 7 a.m., but no one was at the business at the time of the explosion. A video of the blast provided by Countryside Barns, a portable building manufacturer located near the elevator, can be seen at www.pantagraph.com.

Brooks said he hopes the repairs can be completed in time for harvest. Total cost of the repairs was unavailable Thursday.

“There is still much to do to get back up and running,” he said. “We anticipate that we will not take any grain until after Labor Day.”

“The big cranes have finished their work of getting the machinery from the top of the elevator. Next, a salvage company will be retreiving the grain still in the bins. At the end of the week, we expect a contractor to begin the demolition of the concrete elevator. He will also be taking down the grain dryer and legs.”

The area is secure, Brooks said, but there is still a risk of material falling to the ground and the road leading to the elevator remains closed.

Farmers Grain Cooperative of Eureka and Secor Elevator Co. merged in July 1999 and formed Grainland Cooperative.

On Aug. 1, 2014, Minier Cooperative Grain Co. merged with Grainland Cooperative. Besides Eureka, there are Central Illinois locations in Secor, El Paso, Minier, Emden and Armington.

Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow


Agriculture Reporter

Agriculture reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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