Leaning water tower removed from River North building

The water tower that burst, leaking 18,000 gallons of water and causing the tower to tilt on top of a River North building, was removed from the building this afternoon.

Construction crews lowered it to the ground Saturday afternoon.

The tank appeared to burst around 2 p.m. Friday and torrents of water poured through the ceiling and down the windows of the building. Officials told tenants of the building the tank may have buckled from the water pressure.

The building where the water tower was located and a building behind that one were both evacuated shortly after the incident, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said. About 180 people had to leave the buildings. Both buildings were commercial buildings and were not residential.

The basement of the building was flooded.

City officials say the building failed its annual inspection Dec. 31, and the weakened structure of the water tower was cited at that time.

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