Massive grain bin threatens Waitsburg road

A bin that holds 170,000 bushels of grain is leaking and could fail, a Northwest Grain Growers official says. Bolles Road has been closed as a precaution.

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WAITSBURG — Bolles Road from the city limits to Main Street will be closed today and probably Thursday due to a potential grain bin failure.

The largest bin in a cluster of bins owned by Northwest Grain Growers has split along the east side, and is leaking grain, Northwest Grain Growers general manager Dave Gordon said this morning.

The company requested the road closure as a safety measure, Gordon said.

The bin holds 170,000 bushels of grain, which is equivalent to 10.2 million pounds, or 5,100 tons, based on federal government standards.

Gordon said he had no idea whether the grain would spill into the Touchet River if it were to fail completely. The railroad tracks and Bolles Road are between the bin and the river.

The bin is the oldest at the site, although Gordon said he did not know its actual age.

Representatives of the Haskins Company of Spokane, which built the bin, will come this afternoon with an engineer to assess the problem.

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