Many South Sioux City residents hoped they would be able to return to their homes this weekend after attempts were made to demolish the Andersen Farms grain elevator that was severely damaged in an explosion 13 days ago.
But, the elevator is still standing.
Nearby residents were evacuated from their homes in the aftermath of the blast for fear the damaged concrete structure could collapse and damage the homes.
That was almost two weeks ago, and today there seems to be little movement.
South Sioux City Police held their latest news conference to update the situation two hours ago.
More equipment will be arriving at the scene today.
Police say they expect another attempt to pull the structure down will happen today.
"I know he's working hard. When he first started this he had the first of next week. This is the first of next week so, everything he's gotten done before this hasn't been successful but, he's made a lot of progress," says SSC Police Chief Ed Mahon.
Police say they will bring their own lawn mowers to mow the lawns of the evacuees that want the help.
They say that are trying to extend the time evacuees will be allowed into their homes but it is still very dangerous.
See the Live Stream from the South Sioux City Police Department here.
Watch the South Sioux City Police News Conference here:
South Sioux City Police Chief Ed Mahon talked Monday morning about the ongoing effort to bring down the damaged Andersen Farms grain elevator.
Chief Mahon said the contractor, Terminal Solutions, is bringing in more equipment today.
The plan is to attach another cable to the building and police believe the contractor will give it another pull today.
Chief Mahon said parking is becoming a problem every time there is a pull. Police are looking to put up no parking signs to keep people safe.
Chief Mahon said police will be bringing in their own lawn mowers to mow the lawns of the evacuees and they will be trying to extend the time evacuees will be allowed into their homes.
Chief Mahon said they want to help evacuees get things from their homes but they say it's still very dangerous.
Chief Mahon said they don't want anyone to feel forgotten. They say they have been reaching out to evacuees up to two times a day.
See the Live Stream from the South Sioux City Police Department here.
The news conference this afternoon will be at 4:30 and KTIV will carry it live online and have details on News 4 starting Live at 5.
June 11 morning update:
The South Sioux City Police Department shared on Facebook Sunday morning, June 10 this update:
"Several attempts to weaken and bring down the damaged elevator have met with negative results. The contractor has been working almost non-stop to find any remaining strong points in the structure and make the needed cuts to weaken them. He added a third cable to the two already there and still it will not yield. At dusk last night he reached out to a local towing company and had two super heavy duty wreckers come to the scene and attempt to use their large winches in addition to another piece of heavy equipment on the three pulling points and the building again held its ground. We will be advising what the next plan is as soon as it is finalized, but please know that the contractor is moving forward. This building will come down and it will come down as quickly and as safely as is humanly possible. Stay strong, resist rumors and unconfirmed information, and don't ever forget that we are working to bring this to an end as quickly as we can. More to come as it develops."
Demolition crews tasked with tearing down the Andersen Farms grain elevator, in South Sioux City, Nebraska, tried several times, Friday night, to pull down the structure without success.
The contractor, Terminal Solutions, has tied cables to two points on the west side of the elevator. Three times crews attempted to pull the upper portion of the elevator down to ease demolition of the site. Crews even went up in a bucket on a crane to use a power saw to cut through the concrete and rebar in the eastern wall.
Friday night, the contractor told our news crew that flood lights would be brought in to continue working on the elevator, overnight. The contractor hoped the elevator would come down Friday night, or early Saturday morning.
Ten days ago, an explosion rocked the elevator, injuring one man inside and forcing dozens of residents to evacuate their homes. Since then, crews have been working around the clock to get the structure down, and and bring those people back home.
Right now, officials have no timetable as to when the elevator will come down, after it was first damaged back on May 29.
Around 5:00pm Friday night, city officials and the South Sioux City Police Department met with the displaced homeowners who live near th elevator in a closed door session at city hall.
See the latest update here.
Contractors continue to work to tear down the Andersen Farms grain elevator, in South Sioux City, Nebraska.
So far Friday night, it remains upright despite three attempts to tear down the structure damaged ten days ago by an explosion.
The contractor, Terminal Solutions, has tied cables to two points on the west side of the elevator, and three times has attempted to pull the upper portion of the elevator down to ease demolition of the site.
Crews even went up in a bucket on a crane to use a power saw to cut through the concrete and rebar in the eastern wall.
Police said the contractor says, on the scene, that flood lights will be brought in to continue working on the elevator.
The contractor still hopes the elevator will come down tonight.
Around 5 p.m. tonight, city officials and the South Sioux City Police Department met with the displaced homeowners who live near the elevator in a closed door session at city hall.
KTIV will continue to bring you updates as they become available.
South Sioux City Police Department Facebook Live:
A meeting for displaced residents in South Sioux City kicked off at 5 p.m. Friday.
Officials are updating residents with the latest on the grain elevator explosion.
And tonight, they're also attempting to bring the elevator down.
Officials say they are talking to residents about the latest information available.
Police Chief Ed Mahon is just one of the officials that is on hand for the meeting.
He said he will be talking to residents about the latest timeline as well as a plan for what happens after the structure comes down.
Tonight's meeting will hit on topics like how to get residents back into their homes after the structure comes down, how to get some of the utilities back up in the evacuated homes.
At this time, the contractor with Terminal Solutions is prepping the grain elevator for demolition and is working on taking parts of the building down.
KTIV will continue to update this story as it develops.
The Anderson Farms grain elevator explosion has disrupted this South Sioux City, Nebraska community for more than a week.
But with the efforts of many, dismantling the structure is underway.
"The construction company is here, they were here yesterday and worked into the evening and they were here really really early this morning working," said, Police Chief Ed Mahon with the South Sioux City Police Department.
The primary focus is to make the area safe, so it's no longer dangerous, and residents can make it back to their homes.
"As soon as we hear as soon as they put out that it's safe they know where to go we're ready to go we'll get these people back in the house just as fast as we can," Mahon said.
The biggest concern right now is if the bin decides to come down on its own time and not according to plan. But safety measures and precautions are being taken place.
"What he's doing is the groundwork that comes before anything to happen to the tower section. I mean there's so many different aspects that have to be looked at before it can be just taken down," Mahon said.
Taken down safely so life can get back to normal once again.
Currently, 24 to 26 residents remain evacuated from their homes.
A meeting will take place for those residents, Friday at 5:00 p.m., at South Sioux City, City Hall.
South Sioux City has shared a live stream of the site on their Facebook page. You can watch it here.
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