Grain silo at Lake Fort Phantom Hill collapses
ABILENE, Texas —
One of the two grain silos at Lake Fort Phantom Hill collapsed over the weekend and sank into the 80-year-old lake.
Rodney Taylor, Director of Water Utilities, said the collapse was most likely due to mother nature and time.
"The action of wind and waves over many years has eroded the concrete and exposed the steel reinforcement to the elements," said Taylor.
City staff used a boat mounted sonar to take a look at the collapsed silo and will determine whether it is a boating hazard.
The grain storage silos predate construction of Lake Fort Phantom Hill which was completed around 1938.
The city damned Elm Creek to make the lake which is one of Abilene's three sources of drinking water.