Manhattan public works employees are replacing the cover on a salt facility that holds approximately 60% of the city’s salt quantity following thunderstorms Sunday night.

Robert Ott, director of public works, said strong winds most likely tore off and damaged the cover. The facility is at Manhattan Fire Department headquarters, off Denison and Anderson Avenue.

Ott said the city is working on patching the cover in some areas until it workers can replace it.

No one was at the facility during the storm, Ott said. A city employee informed Ott about the situation Monday morning. The city installed the original cover in 2007, Ott said.

Ott didn’t give information about how much salt was damaged.

The city already contacted a supplier about the situation and is waiting on a quote for the repair.

The salt facility is important for snow and ice operations, Ott said.

“It is important that we get it fixed and replaced as soon as possible,” he said.

The facility is one of two salt storage places in the city, Ott said. The other storage is at the city’s street department facility, 620 S. Juliette.

In 2007, the installation of the cover, including the sub structure and framing, cost $17,000, according to Ott.