July 22, 2019 06:59 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- This week massive clean-up efforts are underway across our viewing area, particularly in Freeborn County, which saw the most significant damage.
The City of Albert Lea is waiving the fee for tree debris drop-off at the Transfer Station, creating a flood of traffic coming and going all day long on Monday. The Transfer Station is also extending its hours this week.
Homes weren’t the only structures impacted by this past weekend’s storms. So was one prominent business, Black Iron Manufacturing in Glenville. The building is only five years old and completely up to code, but the high winds ripped the roof off. On Monday, it sat across the road in the neighbor’s lawn.
“It’s just been a wowing of trying to take it all in, of what’s happened, and how we’re going to move forward and deal with it,” said owner of Black Iron Manufacturing, Mike Wallin.
The company is now assessing the structural stability of the building and seeing what their options are for rebuilding.
“We typically don’t see these scenarios where we’re confronted with storms with real violent winds. When you have a facility this size, it takes a lot of blunt force from it,” Wallin said.
At the moment they don’t have a lot of answers, but a structural engineer will be coming Tuesday to further assess the property.
“It’s a life-changing thing, for sure. You always think in your head that something could happen, but you never think that it will. So when it actually does, you’re kind of emotionally displaced a bit,” said Wallin.
Based on the engineer’s findings, Black Iron Manufacturing may be forced to temporarily move into a new facility.
Created: July 22, 2019 06:59 PM
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