EUREKA – Work continues on rebuilding a grain elevator two miles west of town that was destroyed by an explosion just over two weeks ago.
According to general manager Jeff Brooks, a faulty dryer is the likely cause for the explosion at the Grainland Cooperative elevator that happened around 6:15 a.m. July 30. 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 hopes the repairs can be completed in time for harvest. The total cost of the repairs is still not yet available.
“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 retrieving 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.”
According to Brooks, the area is secure, 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 to form Grainland Cooperative. On Aug. 1, 2014, Minier Cooperative Grain Co. merged with Grainland. Besides Eureka, there are other area locations in Armington, El Paso, Emden, Minier and Secor.