Evacuation Ordered Due to "Structural Issues" in Grain Bin

Evacuations were ordered as workers and firefighters worked to assess the grain bin's structural integrity.

John S. Forrester, former Managing Editor

January 20, 2021

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Emergency personnel were called to the Farmers Elevator & Exchange Co. grain elevator in Monroe City, MO on January 14 after receiving word that a large grain bin at the site possibly had a structural issue.

“The grain bin did present with signs of a structural issue, however, after evaluation, there were no signs indicating an immediate threat of collapse or immanent failure of the supports,” a post on the Monroe City Police Department page on Facebook stated.

After first responders arrived on scene, employees took actions to safeguard the structural integrity of the bin, according to police.  

“As many of you may have heard, one of our grain bins showed some structural concerns yesterday. We are being proactively cautious and with the help of MCPD households under direct concerned were offered evacuation orders,” the company wrote in a post on its Facebook page. “The bin is being emptied and will be fully inspected before further use.”

Farmers Elevator & Exchange said no injuries occurred during the incident, but the site temporarily halted grain receiving.

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John S. Forrester

former Managing Editor, Powder & Bulk Solids

John S. Forrester is the former managing editor of Powder & Bulk Solids.

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