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Two workers seen running to safety as Alma water tower falls to the ground

Video submitted by WIBW viewer Donald Westhoff shows the old Alma Water tower as it comes down, and two men running for their lives as the tower starts to fall.
Published: May. 19, 2022 at 9:59 AM CDT
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ALMA, Kan. (WIBW) - Two workers were captured running for their lives as the old City of Alma water tower came crashing down on Wednesday.

WIBW viewer Donald Westhoff captured video of the monumental moment with his granddaughter, who could be heard in the video saying “you see that boy run?”

The young lady was referring to two workers seen scurrying at the bottom of the tower at the time it started to tip and then fall.

Alma City Superintendent Michael Slobodnik told 13 NEWS on Thursday that was all part of the plan. He said the two men seen running as the tower started to fall were employees of Dennis Best Grading and Demolition, LLC. According to Slobodnik, the demolition was a very calculated process and the structure fell where and how it was supposed to. He said the two men were completing the final steps to bring the old tower down by cutting the support legs with blow torches.

Slobodnik said instead of spending thousands of dollars to have the tower removed, they were actually paid $110.00 for the service.

The city initially received bids between $15,000 and $30,000 to take it down, however, decided to go a different direction and listed the tower for sale through Purplewave Auctions out of Manhattan.

Dennis Best Grading and Demolition, LLC won the bid on May 10th and will scrap the steel.

Slobodnik said the old tower held 75,000 gallons of water and had not been used since 2006. The water tower the city uses currently holds 200,000 gallons of water and was installed in 1999.

Dennis Best Grading and Demolition, LLC, is based out of Hume, Missouri.

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