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Corn clean up continues at Calhoun County farm

Wayne Ansley, Ansley Metal Fabrication Owner Wayne Ansley, Ansley Metal Fabrication Owner
Bob Mclendon, Robert Mclendon Farms Owner Bob Mclendon, Robert Mclendon Farms Owner
CALHOUN CO., GA (WALB) -

It's Day 2 of corn cleanup at a farm in Calhoun County and crews are using a crane to get the job done. It's still unclear what caused a grain bin to collapse, spilling 90 thousand bushels of corn on Wednesday. There's a chance for heavy rain on Sunday, so work crews are bringing out the necessary tools to get the job done quickly.

Cleanup continues at Robert Mclendon Farms in Calhoun County. A metal fabrication company from Cairo was called in to do the work using a crane to remove the collapsed grain bins.

"We're going to hook to it, we're going to pick it up and drag it out,” said Wayne Ansley, Ansley Metal Fabrication Owner.

They first attached six guy wires to the two towers that remain standing.

"Since the tanks have collapsed, we're running these temporary guide cables off to hold these two tanks that are still remaining so we can go on the other side and work and get the remaining corn up,” said Ansley.

Wednesday morning, a grain bin filled with 90 thousand bushels of corn collapsed, knocking over two other empty grain bins. No one was hurt. Farm crews worked around the clock cleaning up the corn.

"We hauled 16 loads yesterday,” said Bob Mclendon, Robert Mclendon Farms Owner.

Mclendon met with his insurance adjuster and structural engineer. He says they'll be able to determine what caused the collapse once most of the metal is removed. It caused $800,000 worth of damage to his facility.

"Probably if it had ruptured at the bottom it might not of been near as much damage as we have,” said Mclendon. “When it did it up top it fell into the other two bins, the dryer and knocked the elevators down."

Mclendon says the bins are inspected annually and were last inspected in August with no signs of structural weakness.

The insurance adjuster and engineer went back to Atlanta this afternoon and will continue their investigation. Mclendon says he isn't sure if they'll ever determine the cause. He has another corn facility in Edison and will not rebuild in Morgan.

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