A water tower falls nine stories off a Lakeview apartment building today in Chicago, injuring three people, one who is in serious condition. This water tower gave way on the last day of July when a lot of people’s leases were up, so the parking lot was bustling with folks moving, according to the Chicago Tribune on July 31, 2013.
One witness said the water tower looked surreal as it fell, like a tidal wave headed straight for the parking lot from above. The wooden water tower tumbled off the top of the building from nine stories up, scattering debris everywhere. People inside said they heard the noise of the water falling and the water tower crashing to the ground.
Somehow the water tower got loose from its mounting and just let go, but of all days, one where the parking area was filled with folks moving in and out of the apartment complex. The tower fell onto a car below, the car belonged to a man and a woman who were both injured.
The woman is in critical condition at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. The man with her was also injured. The third injured person was a teacher at a nearby day care center. It was a mess when the water first flooded the area, then the water left behind debris of the broken tower, which came to rest near two U-Haul trucks.
The water falling from that height also swept people off their feet. One man was swept under a car with the rushing water. An investigation into the “mechanics” of the water tank is underway. This entails checking on its last inspection and looking for documentation of the last time the mounts were checked for safety.