- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - A section of a 100-year-old brick utility building the Hydroelectric Dam has collapsed, and officials say it will likely be torn down.

The Fort Dodge Messenger reports (https://bit.ly/1VO6Y8I ) that the structural failure happened sometime Wednesday or Thursday. No one was hurt.

City Councilman Terry Moehnke says parts of the building and roof were still falling when the city’s engineer and city manager went to look at the damage.

Moehnke says it’s been about 40 years since the structure was last used. In that time, little maintenance has been done to the building. He says trees growing on the building’s roof helped lead to its partial collapse.

The building once housed the generators and sits on a thick slab of concrete that’s still sound.


Information from: The Messenger, https://www.messengernews.net

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