Severe Weather Collapses Continue

Severe weather in many parts of the country continue to cause collapses and structural failures.  In Astoria, Oregon, a concrete parking lot slab that had been constructed over the basement foundation of an old Safeway store collapsed on Monday December 13 after heavy rains.  The site which was already considered at risk was already surrounded by a protective fence at the time of the collapse and no injuries were reported.  A photo of the collapsed area was featured in The Daily Astorian

Fixing it is not as simple as some might think.  The basement level shares a common wall with an adjacent structure which is suspected to be incapable of supporting any added lateral pressure from fill material.

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