CHICAGO, March 1 Cargill Inc shut down
its grain elevator in Ottawa, Illinois, after it was damaged by
severe storms on Tuesday, a company spokeswoman said on
"We have teams assessing the facility right now to determine
the extent of the damage. Fortunately, no employees were injured
and are all accounted for and safe," spokeswoman Antonella
Bellman said in an email, adding that the elevator will remain
closed until it is determined safe to operate.
The elevator, located on the banks of the Illinois River,
has a capacity to store at least 1.452 million bushels of grain
and soybeans, according to grain industry data.
Tornadoes and storms that already have killed at least three
people and destroyed homes in the U.S. Midwest were moving east,
the National Weather Service and media reported.
(Reporting by Michael Hirtzer)