Almost a year after the Hefley water tank ruptured, spilling 5 million gallons of water into nearby homes and causing millions of dollars in damage, contractors will remove the damaged tank. The tank, deemed beyond repair by city engineers, will be demolished beginning Tuesday by J & G Industries Inc., a Fountain Valley contractor that won the $60,000 project last month.

Removing the tank will take three weeks and will not affect the fire station or nearby residents, said Jennifer Gaetano, a spokeswoman for the city.

The city's total financial damage has not been determined, pending litigation against the city's insurance carriers and the outcome of lawsuits by residents whose homes were damaged by the water. The city filed a lawsuit against its insurance carriers in May because the carriers refused to pay $8 million in claims.

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