(Photo by Ron Badger)
The top part of the alignment tower on the hill
overlooking the research yard tumbled over during a late December storm. The tower
probably went over on the evening of December 30 and caused no other damage, according
to John Weisend head of the Conventional & Experimental Facilities Department (CEF).
Weisend said the toppling tower was
unusual for SLAC. "As far as I know it's the first time this has
happened," he said.
The road going up to the tower has been
closed and will remain closed until the fallen structure is removed.
Weisend said he was not sure when the new tower would go up, but
estimated about two months. An interim fix to the antennas on the tower
will allow radio communications to continue on site until a modified top
portion tower is installed.