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City of Gretna tears down water tower originally demolished by Hurricane Michael

Posted at 5:37 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 17:38:16-05

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Gretna's water tower was essentially destroyed by Hurricane Michael, but the City had to finish the job today.

During the hurricane, the wind actually blew the top off!

The money the town got from FEMA and insurance was not enough to properly fix the tower, so they had to bring it down.

"Its a piece of history for the city of Gretna thats been here since the 50s," said Bob Wilder, Lieutenant Gadsden County Sheriff Office. "So you're just losing some of the old history of Gretna. Of course there going to have to put something new in, so that's progress."

They got a $933,000 from the Division of Emergency Management to replace the tank.

Now, the town's taking bids for a new, 300,000 gallon, ground-based tank.

The old tank held only 50,000 gallons and used gravity for water pressure.

The City Manager, Antonio Jefferson, says bids for the project come in on March 2, and they plan to announce the bid award on March 3.

They hope to have it up and running by the end of September.