Recovery of barrels from partially collapsed rickhouse starts


OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) A day after an O.Z. Tyler Distillery rickhouse partially collapsed, now comes the task of removing and salvaging the thousands of barrels that spilled out yesterday.

Heavy equipment, including a crane, are here behind the partially collapsed rickhouse on Ewing Road. Mounds of dirt are lining the side of Schroth Street. This is part of the effort to remove the barrels and stabilize the building. 

Earlier today, they were starting work, removing debris between the building and a wooded area. Officials with the Kentucky Department of Energy and Environment Cabinet say they’re testing water samples along ditch lines and the Ohio River. Officials say no signs of contamination have been detected so far.

“From visual observation, there is no indication of degredation to the Ohio River, at least any type of fish kill. That’s where we stand around monitoring and assessment stage,” says James McCloud of the Kentucky Department of Energy and Environment Cabinet.

A team of engineers is also on site checking the structural integrity of the building. 

As for removing the barrels, Master Distiller Jacob Call told Eyewitness News on Monday that the process will be slow and tedious and that it could take at least a month to clear all the debris.

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(This story was originally published on June 18, 2019)

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