BLOWN AWAY

Old Water TowerA Sunday night storm brought significant rain and highwinds to much of Marion County. The rain?2.43 inches, according to the Hillsboro High School weather station?was welcomed, but winds caused damage in several communities, including bringing down whole trees in the city of Marion (above right). In Hillsboro, the wind blew off the steel roof of the 1926 water tower (pictured upper and lower left) that is listed on Kansas Register of Historic Places. The roof landed on a nearby building owned by The Lumberyard, causing damage there as well. Morgan Marler, the city?s water superviser, said Monday the water tower was shut off, and the incident had been reported to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, raising the possibility of a ?boil water? order because of potential contamination of the treated water that was in the tower. City Administrator Larry Paine said insurance should cover the cost of repairs.

 

 

Roof of Water Tower

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tree

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