http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/25/world/asia/bangladesh-building-collapse.html?hp&_r=0

 

NEW DELHI — An eight-story building in Bangladesh that housed several garment factories collapsed on Wednesday morning, killing at least 70 people, injuring hundreds of others, and leaving an unknown number of people trapped in the rubble, according to Bangladeshi officials and media outlets.... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/25/world/asia/bangladesh-building-co...

 

So much happening under our feet.  Daily collapses of roadways due to the severe bow stretch, severe rains, crunching and land subduction all predicted in Zetatalk and all happening now.  Last week in Utah a fatal road collapse killed a 14 year old girl and injured 2.  It's painful to watch the planet crumble but we all knew it was coming.

Buildings collapsing.........a daily happening too.  With responses about what's causing all these happenings ranging from, rain, human error, poorly constructed, yada yada.....BUT, that's not going to fly with people much longer.  As soon as Planet X peers out at us from the sky, people will remember all the things that have happened up to this point and finally somehow, they will connect the dots.  Some will be in extreme denial, others will be so afraid and look for someone to take care of them, and still others will stand up and be counted and prepare as best we could.  There's no wishing this away, there's only pushing forward to a better tomorrow.  While our infrastructure crumbles around us we need to learn to be more careful, tread softly, kiss your kids, love with all your heart.  We are IN IT NOW.

I live in a house built in 1850 and it isn't falling down.  Age does not mean collapse. 

100-year-old building partially collapses in Malone

By: Rachael Paradis

A building in Malone that has been standing for more than a century will no longer be a sight in the town. The building on Route 11, well known to many in the community, collapsed overnight. While no one was injured, our Rachael Paradis tells us why the town is in a rush to tear it down.


MALONE, N.Y. -- Neighbors in Malone stood in surprise, took pictures and even shared stories of a once popular tavern that started to crumble early Monday morning.

County Legislator Billy Jones said, "It's an old structure, it was a structure that was obviously unsafe."

The tavern/hotel was built in the early 1900'. It has been closed to the public for about 15 years and was condemned six months ago.

Franklin County Emergency Services Director Rick Provost, "We're unsure what occurred last night at 3 a.m. What we do know is this building has been on our list of buildings with issues."

Jones said, "Old things fall down."

Police closed off part off Route 11 to traffic and to people, out of concern the rest of the building could fall down. Some in the community voiced concern over why this building, along with others like it in the area that haven't already been demolished. Officials say it comes down to money.

Provost said, "The high cost of abatement for these buildings really makes it tough for the county or the village to take those burdens on."

Jones, "We just have to come up with a plan to start taking some of these building down so we don't run into this problem going forward."

The demolition is only expected to take hours, but cleaning up the area is a different issue. Officials say it could be weeks before the site is completely cleared.

http://centralny.ynn.com/content/top_stories/551123/100-year-old-bu...

 

 LAKE ELSINORE: Water leak causes street collapse

 

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, July 22, 2011

By GENE GHIOTTO
The Press-Enterprise

Temporary repairs to a section of Joy Street in Lake Elsinore are in place today after a 1-inch water line gave way, causing 80 feet of the roadway to collapse and the asphalt to buckle.

The leak, caused by a 6 to 8-inch diameter tree root, was reported late Thursday in a line that leads to several duplexes on Joy between Machado Street and Riverside Drive, and behind Machado Elementary School.

Water service was restored to the 34 customers early Friday morning, said Greg Morrison, spokesman for the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District.

Water district and contractor crews spent much of Friday removing the damaged asphalt on the southbound side of Joy and laying down a temporary patch. The road was opened in both directions by late afternoon.

"That way the road will be open completely for the entire weekend," Morrison said.

Crews will return Monday and trench from curb to curb to permanently repair the 1-inch line.

On Tuesday, a paving company will remove the patch, put down new base and repave one side of Joy, Morrison said. Work on the other side will take place on Wednesday.

"That way on Tuesday and Wednesday we'll be able to keep on

 

http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_spipe23.38e27e6...

Windhorst, Parsons Roadway Collapse: Cautious Testing Continues

County workers are testing for sinkholes but the work is proceeding methodically because of utility lines at the intersection, according to a Hillsborough County spokesman.

Several lanes at the intersection of Windhorst Road and Parsons Avenue in Brandon remained closed for the indefinite future as county workers tread carefully in determining what caused a section of the roadway to collapse July 19.

“We have to be really careful at that intersection because there are lots of utility lines in the area,” said Hillsborough County spokesman Patrick Murray. "We have a sewer line and a water line there and we have to make sure there are no other utilities, so we have to be careful drilling.”

At the scene, late afternoon July 22, barricades were seen at the intersection, with drilling under way.

Crew workers first believed a 16-inch sewage pipeline beneath the intersection might have caused the collapse of the 6-foot-square section of roadway on July 19, according to a county report.

But the sewer line was dug up and found to be intact.  Now the county is testing the intersection for sinkholes — but carefully, as Murray noted.  

Additional detours and lane closures are possible as crews dig up the line for inspection and any necessary repairs.

Motorists who must travel through the intersection are warned to expect delays.

http://brandon.patch.com/articles/windhorst-parsons-roadway-collaps...

Sewer collapse closes part of Lexington Road

At least one eastbound lane of Road near Etley Avenue and Cave Hill Cemetery will be closed during Thursday morning’s rush hour after a 48-inch brick sewer collapsed Wednesday evening.

Crews noticed a depression in the road before discovering the sewer had collapsed, and the area will be excavated Thursday morning, said Metropolitan Sewer District Executive   Bud Schardein.

He said it was too early to tell what caused the collapse, but age was a likely factor. That part of the sewer was built in the 1880s and could have been weakened from an unusually wet spring.

“With all the wet weather we’ve had this past spring, that has a tendency to undermine the mortar,” Schardein said.

http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20110720/NEWS01/307200099/Se...

Road collapse might have killed Colorado family

(2011-07-20)

(wpr) - Engineers say a large section of Wyoming highway where four Colorado family members plunged to their deaths might have totally collapsed in a matter of minutes.

It had been raining for hours Monday night when local authorities warned the Constantinides family, among others, about potential flood conditions near North Brush Creek Campground around midnight.

Not long afterward, the family's van drove into a washed-out portion of Wyoming highway 130 and was swept about 75 yards down Brush Creek. Laurel Constantindies and her three daughters died.

The husband and father, Alex Constantindies, who had grown up in Laramie, survived and escape the vehicle. He and a passerby later rescued Carbon County Emergency management Coordinator John Ziegler, whose car washed out while he was trying to assist in flood protection efforts.

Ziegler said he was "very fortunate" to have survived.

Bruce Burrows of the Wyoming Transportation Department says engineers are studying what happened to the roadway early Tuesday morning. He says preliminary assessments indicate the creek swollen with rain and snowmelt may have undermined the roadway over some hours and then gouged a 25-foot-wide, 9-foot-deep hole in a matter of minutes.

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wpr/news.newsmain/article/1/0/183...

Yunnan road test the opening day collapse resulting in four deaths and injuries

8, Yunnan” in the history of the most short-lived highway “a serious collapse destroyed sections of the site. After investigation, the highway there in time duration and other issues. Xinhua News Agency reporters Chen Hai and Ning She

Recently, Yunnan Province, Internet users post, said the new Xinping county secondary road test three estuary opening day collapse occurs, resulting in 2 dead 2 injured. Internet users have questioned this “the most short-lived highway” Why just fix it collapsed, was “too much rain” or “bad way”?

After the incident, Yunnan Provincial Department and the Transportation Department were dispatched to investigate a group of experts, the group that really belongs to all “natural disasters caused by heavy rainfall.”

collapse of the vehicle crash on

recently, Internet users “pass,” said Post, June 27, Xinping County of Yuxi City, three city secondary road test the opening of the estuary collapse occurred the next day, resulting in a vehicle passing through here turn under the cliff, killing two people died inside the car and two others injured, highway interrupted. For the cause of the accident, the local government is a single point of heavy rain caused by a natural disaster.

7 8, correspondent along the new road to the scene three, the road there are construction workers on the highway guardrail, drainage and other construction, from time to time some sections of earth and rock rolled down from the hills.

close to the scene of the accident, the construction set up roadblocks on the road side. In the new three road K25 +450 to K26 +480 road, the reporter saw a total of three road damage, including two collapsed, a surface crack. Road accident at the hillside, two-way four-lane have collapsed, a lot of rocks, soil and concrete was rushed into the street of the valley.

“red water collapsed roadbed”

Zhang Xinping County Department of Transportation Secretary BU has introduced three new roads through villages and towns in Xinping County 8 19 village committees, with a total mileage of 90 kilometers . Road along the fragile geology, disasters, floods and geological disasters have been more serious.

accidents mainly due to heavy rains led to a single point of soft roadbed, road ditches and culverts to be above the blockage, and finally the formation of water as a waterfall of impact, resulting in collapse of highway roadbed.

Bu there are rules that highway design, construction and supervision units are selected strictly in accordance with the bidding system, procedural compliance and found no serious design flaws, quality of construction or supervision of omissions.

collapse occurred Sections of the construction unit project manager Jiangzu Long introduction, the unit will subcontract work to the successful construction services company, the project head of engineering equipment and materials, and is responsible for management and technical guidance, service company only the labor force, which is not labor sub-subcontract, the state permitted by law.

he said, in strict accordance with design drawings for construction, engineering, quality is no problem, Lu Jisong soft infiltration and erosion is mainly caused by the floods.

no quality problems, experts say

afterwards, Yunnan Provincial Department and the Transportation Department were sent experts to the scene. The Group believes that: section of the incident transverse slope steep terrain, poor geological conditions, heavy rainfall increased the hydrostatic pressure, the formation of collapse, is a heavy rainfall-induced natural disasters.

Yunnan Provincial Communications Department who participated in the survey, experts say, from the survey of the situation, roadbed, retaining wall strength and so meet the requirements and found no quality problems.

subsidy investigation in time duration for the fight

accused of the most short-lived road not approved the first building, not the acceptance that the opening test

Reporter learned that the investigation, three new road opened in October 2009 to build, and design in May 2010 before the Provincial Communications Department has been approved, there is “not approved prior to construction” and “time duration” issue. Not hand over the road in case of acceptance of test traffic violations, and plans to be held on 30 June the opening ceremony, canceled after the accident.

construction personnel, three new road along the geological environment is complex, time is short, heavy task in building a post, Xinping shouted “make a big quick-drying 60 days,” the slogan of the progress of the projects Forced , post workers overtime work.

what makes engineering so catch it? Reporters learned that, in addition to travel to meet the requirements of the masses, more important reason is that for national road toll for the abolition of two grants. According to the policy, the new secondary roads shall be June 30 this year, opened to traffic, or can not enjoy the state’s two highway toll abolition of subsidies.

http://www.cnkeyword.info/yunnan-road-test-the-opening-day-collapse...

Details Emerge in Deadly Road Collapse

Cheyenne : WY : USA | Jul 20, 2011
 
Engineers say a large section of Wyoming highway where four Colorado family members plunged to their deaths may have totally collapsed in a matter of minutes. Bruce Burrows of the Wyoming Transportation Department says engineers are studying what happened to state Route 130 over South Brush Creek... FULL ARTICLE AT KSAZ

http://www.allvoices.com/news/9730810-details-emerge-in-deadly-road...

 

 

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 14, 2011 at 12:24am

Deck collapse in Alexandria sends 16 people to hospital

Multiple injuries after deck collapses at Lake Geneva home

By: Amy Chaffins, Alexandria Echo Press

The deck on a Lake Geneva home collapsed Friday night and left several people injured.

Autorities reported that 16 people were treated at Douglas County Hospital for injuries they suffered in the collapse.

Just after 8 p.m. Friday, August 12, Douglas County Disatch received several 911 calls reporting there were 20 to 25 people on the deck when it collapsed at 1404 East Lake Geneva Road. Barbara Thompson is the homeowner.

Emergency personnel were called in from across the area: North Ambulance, Parkers Prairie Ambulance, Glacial Ridge Ambulance, Alexandria Fire Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Alexandria Police Department, Carlos Police Department and Minnesota State Patrol.

http://www.echopress.com/event/article/id/87137/

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 10, 2011 at 2:57am

Heavy weekend rain damages homes in Lower Paxton, Susquehanna townships

Published: Monday, August 08, 2011, 6:51 PM     Updated: Monday, August 08, 2011, 8:32 PM

 

Paul Sebasovich was cleaning “a little bit of water” in the basement of his Lower Paxton Twp. home Saturday night when he saw brown water seeping through the wall.
    
“I heard a couple pops and saw the blocks moving a little bit, and I got up on the steps, and all of a sudden, everything went, like a dam breaking,” said the Curvin Road resident.
    
Sebasovich’s family is one of two forced from their homes by a deluge — three to seven inches of rain dropped overnight Saturday and into Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
    
In Susquehanna and Lower Paxton townships, the storm closed roads and stranded motorists.
    
“We got clobbered,” said Lower Paxton Twp. Manager George Wolfe.
    
Overloaded storm sewers “exploded” and caused Beaver and Goose Valley roads to collapse, Wolfe said. Compton and Colonial Club roads, closed due to flooding during the storm, have reopened, but Beaver and Goose Valley will remain closed for emergency repairs and will possibly reopen this week, he said.
    
Lower Paxton storm sewers were inspected recently “because of the significant rain we had this past spring,” Wolfe said. “The storms we’ve been having lately, if you didn’t know it, you’d think they were 10-year storms, 100-years storms, but they’re all coming in the last three or four months.”
    
Sebasovich said that he and his wife are staying with their daughter, and their son is staying with neighbors, while crews shore up the crumbled basement wall.
    
“That night, we stayed in our truck, because we have two beagles,” he said.
    
Hornung’s Hardware store “helped a lot” by loaning a loader and trailer, but without flood coverage, insurance won’t cover the damage, Sebasovich said.
    
Also in Lower Paxton Twp., another buckling basement chased a family of three adults and one child from their Heather Road home, said Nikki Otto of the American Red Cross of Southcentral Pennsylvania. The Red Cross found housing for them through Monday night and will reassess today.
    
“They still weren’t allowed back on the property,” Otto said. “There was still damage.”
    
In Susquehanna Twp., the flooded Doehne, Paxton Church, Walker Mill and Roberts Valley roads were closed Saturday night but reopened by Sunday morning, said township Manager Gary Myers. Some patching and shoulder repairs are unde rway, but “it appears we had no real structural damage,” he said.
    
Sergey Filatov has lived in the Mountaindale development of Susquehanna Twp. for 10 years, but said he never saw anything like the deluge that sent several inches of water coursing into his garage and tearing out landscaping. A drain meant to channel stormwater toward a creek apparently failed, he said.
    
The development, built on the side of the mountains that parallel Linglestown Road, is no stranger to flash-flooding issues during heavy storms.
    
The Susquehanna Twp. highway crew is spending this week “checking culverts and cleaning off every inlet in the township, and probably pulling covers and shoveling them out,” Myers said.
    
Wolfe said he hasn’t had a chance to assess the cost of storm cleanup and repairs. Myers said the storm shouldn’t cost the township any more than highway crew overtime Saturday and Sunday.

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/08/heavy_weekend_ra...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 10, 2011 at 2:51am

Construction Site Collapse Closes Down Clarendon Boulevard, Residents Evacuated From Apartments

Updated: Monday   , 08 Aug 2011, 6:07 PM EDT

ROSSLYN, Va. - A construction site collapse on Clarendon Boulevard has left a big traffic mess and has caused an apartment building in Rosslyn to evacuate.

The collapse is due to a support wall giving way, causing cracks in the apartment building.

Residents are in hotels on Monday and officials are not sure for how long.

For the residents who live in the four-story apartment, it was an awful sound and feeling.

“We heard this banging sound. It sounded like somebody was hitting a piece of metal with a crowbar and all the welds just snapped and basically the whole thing starts subsiding,” said resident Will Dickinson.

He ran to his truck parked right next to the construction site.

“I jumped in my truck and I had about 30 seconds to spare and I backed my truck out and the whole thing fell down like 40 feet,” said Dickinson.

Arlington County officials say recent rain might be to blame for the issues of the support wall.

“It's because of the water content in the soil. The past couple of days, we’ve had [lots of] rain and the hydraulic pressure was too much,” said Shahriar Amiri, Arlington County’s Chief Building Official.

There were rumors of a huge crane leaning and even a sinkhole opening up, but officials say that was not the case.

Clark Construction, the developer of the property, immediately took care of the residents and placed them in a hotel across the street.

“We’re doing everything we can for the residents and our highest priority is the safety of the building as well as the residents,” said Brian Abt of Clark Construction.

All day long, crews have been bringing dump truck after dump truck filled with dirt as they attempt to secure the foundation.

Officials believe Clarendon Boulevard will likely be closed Monday night.

It is also likely going to be a day or two before the residents can move back home. Construction crews not only have to secure the land around that building, but they also have to make sure the building was not structurally damaged.


Statement from Clark Construction Group, LLC:

"On Sunday night, officials at Clark Construction were notified of a failure in the sheeting and shoring system that supports the excavation at Sedona & Slate, a residential housing project in Rosslyn, Va. As a safety precaution, the residents of an adjacent apartment building were evacuated, and accommodations are being provided for them at a nearby hotel. Clark is working closely with structural engineer Allyn Kilsheimer and Arlington County officials to investigate the situation and proceed with appropriate measures.

Our highest priority is the safety of the adjacent building and its residents. We will provide more information as it becomes available."

 

http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/virginia/construction-site-collapse...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 9, 2011 at 1:57am

Collapse at Construction Site Threatens Nearby Apartments.

Update at 1:35 p.m. — See this post for the latest on the road closures surrounding the site.

Roads are closed in Rosslyn after a retaining wall partially collapsed at a construction site on the 1500 block of Clarendon

A large retaining wall at the Sedona and Slate apartment construction site gave way following this evening’s heavy rains, allowing earth and debris to spill into the construction pit. The collapse raised fears of an even bigger structural collapse.

Clarendon Boulevard will be closed between Pierce Street and Oak Street “for the foreseeable future,” according to Arlington County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Gregg Karl. Parts of Ode Street and several other roads in the area are also closed.

The Swansen Apartments, at 1625 N. Ode Street, has been evacuated while structural engineers determine whether the building is in danger of collapsing as a result of the failed retaining wall. The building sits on the edge of the landslide that occurred after the wall collapse.

Residents of the Swansen Apartments, who spoke to ARLnow.com on the condition of anonymity, said that they’ve noticed widening cracks in the building’s basement and in the pavement of the parking lot adjacent to the building within the past two weeks. The residents said they recently saw workers measuring the cracks.

About 10 apartment residents have been displaced and will be placed in temporary housing, Karl said. He said other residents found alternate housing on their own. Between 20 and 35 people live in the building, according to resident and fire department estimates.

As of 11:00 p.m., Clark Construction, the primary contractor on the Sedona and Slate project, had around a dozen employees on scene assessing the situation. Arlington County engineers were also on scene, Karl said. The Red Cross arrived to assist displaced residents, and the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department arrived to provide food and drink to emergency workers.

So far, there has been no indication that there’s any danger to a large construction crane at the site.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 9, 2011 at 1:46am

Unsafe Buildings: Teen sisters killed in roof collapse

Published: August 9, 2011

Two sisters died and seven people were injured when two dilapidated houses collapsed during heavy monsoon rains. PHOTO:AFP

LAHORE: 

Two sisters died and seven people were injured when two dilapidated houses collapsed during heavy monsoon rains in the city on Monday.

Irum, 16, and Bakhtawar, 18, were killed when the roof of their house near Crown Marriage Hall in Baghbanpura caved in, Rescue 1122 officials told The Express Tribune. The girls were killed instantly by the falling debris, they said.

Rescue officials, with the help of locals, were able to pull out five others trapped under the rubble: Ghulam Shabbir, 40, and Shahnaz Bibi, 35, and their three other children Shabbir, Natasha and Riaz. All five were moved to a hospital where they are being treated for their injuries.

Another couple was trapped under rubble when the roof of their home near Youhanabad Stop on Ferozepur Road collapsed. Their neighbours helped Rescue 1122 officials pull them free. Babar Masih, 25, and his wife Mumtaz, 23, are being treated in General Hospital where they are out of danger, said the officials.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 9th, 2011.

For more picture of the monsoon, view a slideshow here

http://tribune.com.pk/story/227206/unsafe-buildings-teen-sisters-ki...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 9, 2011 at 1:44am

A not-so-beautiful laundrette moment


  • Workers putting up support to secure what's left of the wall at the laundromat. Picture: JASON SAMMON

    Workers putting up support to secure what's left of the wall at the laundromat. Picture: JASON SAMMON

  • The wall collapse in Glen Huntly. Picture: JASON SAMMON

    The wall collapse in Glen Huntly. Picture: JASON SAMMON

  • Police block off the road around the wall collapse. Picture: JASON SAMMON

    Police block off the road around the wall collapse. Picture: JASON SAMMON

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THREE people could have been crushed when a brick wall of a busy Glen Huntly laundromat partially collapsed during construction work at a neighbouring site.

Worksafe and Glen Eira Council are investigating the incident where the side wall of the Royal Ave Coin Laundrette crumbled at lunchtime on August 1, leaving a gaping hole and exposing the washing machines inside.

It is believed construction work at the adjacent site of the old Glen Huntly police station caused the collapse.

Margaret Lorkin, co-director of building managers Stockdale and Leggo Real Estate, said there was one person in the laundromat and two people in upstairs offices at the time.

“They heard it crack and went outside and it fell down,” Mrs Lorkin said.

Mrs Lorkin’s husband, Des, said a bobcat was digging at the site when the foundation collapsed.

Police cordoned off the area while crews worked to secure the building on August 2.

Worksafe spokesman Michael Birt said a decision on whether to demolish the building would be made soon, but Mrs Lorkin said she understood the wall would be repaired.

Glen Eira Council spokesman Paul Burke said the municipal building inspector was still investigating, which might lead to enforcement action.

“We do know there was an excavator and workmen on site to undertake underpinning works in accordance with a building permit as part of stage one of the works to be undertaken at 9 Royal Ave,” Mr Burke said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 6, 2011 at 11:56pm
Youth killed, 15 injured in Lahore building collapse


LAHORE: At least four people, including an old woman, were killed in separate incidents across the metropolis on Saturday. In the first incident, a youth died and fifteen others received injuries when walls of an under-construction building collapsed on the Defence Road, Engineer Town near Haloki Chowki. Police said that around sixteen labourers were asleep in a mud house when the walls of an under-construction building collapsed and their debris landed on the mud house. All the labourers were trapped under the debris. Rescuers and locals rushed to the scene and were able to shift the trapped persons to a nearby hospital where a youth, who was later identified as Yousaf, succumbed to his injuries. Among the injured persons were 20-year-old Qummar, 30-year-old Ghulam Nabi, 28-year-old Muhammad Saleem, 17-year-old Ahmad, 22-year-old Muhammad Ramzan, 18-year-old Naveed, and 20-year-old Ghulam Fareed. In the second incident, a security guard shot himself when he accidentally pulled the trigger of a revolver he was cleaning, in the Green Town police limits. The deceased was identified as 65-year-old Amanat Ali, resident of Baghbanpura, who served as a security guard in the Green Town industrial area. staff report





http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\08\07\story_7-8-2011_pg7_22

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 5, 2011 at 11:52pm

Wall of historic Goodale House collapses

   

Friday, Aug 5, 2011 4:38 PM

The Goodale House, one of Georgia’s oldest surviving homes, partially collapsed Friday.

“I’m going to hope it can be restored, but that process lies with the current owner,”: said Erick Montgomery, executive director of Historic Augusta Inc.

Built in 1799 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 as the Fitzsimmons-Hampton House, the Federal-style, multistory building was purchased in 2009 by Wes Sims, a Birmingham, Ala., investor who—at the time—hoped to renovate the structure.

Montgomery, who visited the house today, said the collapse involves part of one wall.

“I didn’t go inside, obviously, but it could be that the rest is relatively stable,” he said.

The long vacant house was used as a restaurant in the 1970s and early 1980s and was for sale and priced in the $250,000 range for several years before ultimately selling to Sims for less than $20,000.

Efforts to locate Sims today were unsuccessful.

The surrounding area—now flanked by Bobby Jones Expressway and mammoth chemical factories across Sandbar Ferry Road—was once a 500-acre plantation established by Thomas Goodale in 1740.

Goodale also operated the Sandbar Ferry at the nearby river crossing, in addition to a restaurant and inn, according to early historical accounts.

In 1799, the year the home was built, the site was sold to a Charleston, S.C., merchant named Christopher Fitzsimmons, who later gave the home to his daughter’s new husband, Wade Hampton Jr.

His son, Wade Hampton III, would later become governor of South Carolina.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2011-08-05/wall-historic-g...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 5, 2011 at 11:50pm

Fri, Aug. 05 2011 05:18 PM EDT

Flooding in Charlotte Prompts Evacuations, Rescues

Floods in Charlotte, North Carolina, due to torrential rains that occurred around midday on Friday have prompted evacuations, rescue attempts and flash flood warnings.

The rains began just before 12 p.m. and lasted until about 1:15 p.m., accumulating approximately three inches of rain and up to six inches in some areas.

Residents began calling in emergencies immediately, one of the first being a celling collapse at the Sola Salon on in the South end of Charlotte. No one was injured, but many women had their hair and nails ruined.

A ceiling collapse also occurred at an Embassy Suites on South Tryon Street in Charlotte. Erik Slemon of Robert Graham, LLC, was staying at the hotel and captured the fall in on his camera phone. He described the event as "fast and fierce."

"It went from completely dry to torrential downpour," he told News 14 Carolina.

"Its not something you ever expect to happen, and then you just see the ceiling coming down."

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Rains overpowered the hotels drainage pipes and causes the collapse.

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association told The Christian Post that its headquarters in Charlotte suffered no damages as a result of the floods.

But other areas of Charlotte have not been as fortunate. Police and the Fire Department have started evacuating people from two Charlotte neighborhoods. First responders to the flood rescued 16 people who were trapped in vehicles. Approximately, 77 road incidents have been reported, but none have mentioned injuries

Charlotte Fire Department spokesman Capt. Rob Brisley warned residents not to drive through flooded streets. He reported that most of the motorists required rescues because they decided to go through streets with high water.

Flash flood warnings were placed on Gaston, Mecklenburg, Cleveland and Lincoln Counties until 4 p.m.

Spokeswoman for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services, Jennifer Frost reported that parts of Interstate highways 77, 485 and 85 are temporarily shut down due to flooding.

"It came down very fast," said Frost, according to CNN. "It got so dark downtown, it looked like night."

Having worked in the area for nine years, she said she "never seen anything like this before."

http://www.christianpost.com/news/flooding-in-charlotte-prompts-eva...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 5, 2011 at 11:46pm

Building collapse wreaks havoc in Karachi

* 7 killed, 15 injured as five-storey building collapses in Karachi

* Four women and two girls among dead g Rescue operation continues

By Atif Raza


KARACHI: At least seven people, including three women, three minor girls and a boy, were killed and 15 others injured when a five-storey building collapsed in Moosa Lane within the limits of Baghdadi police station, Lyari, here on Thursday.

According to police and eyewitnesses, at around 11:00am the five-storey building ‘Qasr-e-Roqayya’ fell down along Shah Abdul Latif Bhattai road.

On information, rescue teams, officials of the Karachi Building Control Authority (KBCA) and others, rushed to the scene and recovered the bodies of seven persons. The deceased were identified as Hawwa Bibi, Khadija, Rozina, Arshia, Imran and Bilal while identity of other deceased girl could not be ascertained till filing of this report.

Rescuers said the victims Arshia and Bilal were juniors among five siblings namely Hammad, Komal and Kiran. They said that Abdul Ghaffar and Komal along with their five children were living at top floor of the building.

KBCA officials said the building was 20-year-old and was in deteriorated condition. They said that it was included in decayed buildings list and added that the inhabitants were also suggested to evacuate it to avoid any untoward incident but they refused to do so.

SSP South Naeem Sheikh expressed fear of further casualties in the incident and said that more casualties could be reported as the debris of the building was not completely removed so far and the rescue work was in progress.

SSP South further said that rescue teams along with army teams are busy in recovering the injured persons.

SHO Baghdadi Jan Muhammad said that some 20 families were living in the building. He said that although the rescue operation was expedited, the teams were facing difficulties due to dense populated area.

When contacted, DC South Mustafa Jamal Qazi said the district government on the directives of Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan had established a relief camp at Shah Latif Bhattai Hall to facilitate the traumatized persons of this incident. He said the Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Hussain Syed also visited the spot and assured the inhabitants of the area of utilising all resources for providing maximum relief to affected families.

Civil Hospital Karachi sources confirmed that all seven bodies and 15 injured persons were bought to the hospital. The deceased were identified as Arshia, 07, daughter of Abdul Ghaffar; Hawwa Bibi, 70, wife of Usman; Imran, 06, son of Usman; and Bilal, 19, son of Abdul Ghaffar, Khadija, Rozina.

They said that all injured Alia, 35, wife of Riyaz; Kulsoom, 40, wife of Yousuf; Komal, 35, wife of Abdul Ghaffar; Rabia, 6, daughter of Abdul Ghaffar; Muskan, 07, daughter of Imran; Samina, 35, wife of Imran; Adeel, 19, son of Abdul Ghaffar; Imran, 35, son of Yousuf; Parveen, 48, wife of Abdul Ghafoor; and Bilquees, 34, wife of Abbas were in stable condition.

Meanwhile, army rescue team comprising some 50 personnel also reached the site of incident along with sniper dogs but the dogs were unable to point out the people stuck under debris.

Rescuers also made the lighting arrangements to continue the rescue efforts while believed the people get stuck in debris will be brought out till morning because of the congested locations.

The Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA), in late hours, also issued an initial report of the collapse of the building. The technical team of SBCA, after inspecting the site of building collapse, forwarded a preliminary report of the incident to SBCA director general.

The report said

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