After flood damage forced the fleet to turn off its fuel pumps earlier this year, the City of St. Joseph, Mo., is switching from underground to above-ground fuel tanks, reported News Press Now.
When flooding occurs, the city must empty its underground tanks and fill them with water so they don’t float. After the flood, the city pays to have the tanks professionally drained before they’re refilled. During this process, city fuel pumps must be shut down.
The new tanks will cost $84,000. They will hold the same amount of unleaded or diesel fuel as the old tanks but can be placed above the flood line. If it kept the old system, the city would have had to spend about $60,000 this year to repair, maintain, and re-certify its underground tanks.