Storm Destroys Metro Water Construction Project

Posted at 5:36 PM, Jun 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-16 20:32:19-04

A Metro Water Services construction project was destroyed after strong winds tore through Middle Tennessee on Wednesday, injuring one worker at the construction project in West Nashville. 

The project in the 6000 block of Morrow Road at West Park was only compromised of an engineered form for a water tank at the time of the storm, and that engineered form made mostly of wood was leveled. 

Before the storm, neighbors said it stood nearly 3-stories tall.

"It's sort of like a skeleton around which they'll build a water tank," John Kennedy, deputy director for Metro Water Services said on Thursday of the structure that was destroyed. 

According to Kennedy, a microburst of wind came through the area and caused one of the contracted employees working on the project to get injured. 

"He was on the platform when the storm hit, and he jumped to clear the platform and unfortunately, had a compound fracture to his leg," Kennedy explained. 

On Thursday, Metro Water employees, state workers, and OSHA investigators were out investigating the workplace injury and surveying the damage caused by the wind. 

According to Metro Water Services, the project will be delayed four to six weeks due to the need to clear out all of the wood used to make the engineered form before starting again from scratch.

As for the contracted worker who was injured in the storm, he was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery. He is expected to be okay.