Crews are still cleaning up after a grain bin collapsed earlier this week, closing down a busy state route in New Carlisle.
A section of Ohio 571 was closed after 10,000 tons of corn from the fallen silo at Miami Valley Feed & Grain & Drive-Thru near Scarff Road covered the road, knocked down power lines, crushed buildings and scattered metal debris. The silo was 43-years-old.
Most of the corn was moved off the street by Friday but the road will likely remain closed until Wednesday, Jan. 31.
Safety remains the top concern, New Carlisle City Manager Randy Bridge said.
“Right now, our main concern is the road,” he said. “It’s clear but we have about a 25-foot pile right off to the side of it and that has the ability to shift. That site actually sits on a little bit of a hill.”
Safety is key for the people down there working and for the public he said. The city and the Ohio Department of Transportation are working together to ensure that.
“We do have some detours set up and they are not very massive detours,” Bridge said. “It won’t take you very long to get around.”
Safety officials told the Springfield News-Sun earlier this week that the site is an active crime scene and private property. Deputies warned the public to stay away but many people still visited, including some reports of people climbing on top of the pile or corn to get pictures and take jars of corn, Bridge said.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office now has a deputy on site 24-hours a day to keep people from getting too close. Since Tuesday, 12 citations have been issued, including for drivers passing a closed two-lane road sign and a set of traffic cones, Chief Deputy Travis Russel said.
WHIO Stormcenter 7 has forecasted rain Saturday and snow Monday, but Bridge said that weather won’t affect the cleanup.