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 30, 2020 at 7:34pm

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Building collapses in Plymouth

August 30 2020

PLYMOUTH — It was only a matter of time.

The a portion of the former hotel building at 26 Trux St. in downtown Plymouth collapsed on July 30, prompting the village to close the sidewalk in front and on Ohio 603. The first floor had begun to collapse even before then.

Well, most of the building is now rubble after giving way, as the front portion of the building also collapsed Saturday afternoon.

Negotiations have been ongoing between the building's owner, Donnie Spillman, and the Richland County Land Bank, which plans to demolish the nearly 150-year-old structure on his behalf, according to a story in the Mansfield News Journal.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 30, 2020 at 5:19am

https://www.wavy.com/news/local-news/suffolk/crews-on-scene-of-indu...

Fatal accident at Amazon job site in Suffolk leaves two dead






SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — An industrial accident at the Amazon Fulfillment Center job site in Suffolk left two dead on Saturday afternoon.

The call came in around 2:10 p.m. for the incident in the 2000 block of North Gate Commerce Parkway in Suffolk near I-664. Officials confirmed that it was a commercial structural collapse at the site of where the Amazon Center is being built.

According to a press release, two people were confirmed dead and there was concern that some workers were not accounted for.

Fire and rescue crews from Suffolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach searched for additional missing persons with assistance from a FEMA K-9 Dog. Concluding the search, officials said that all workers from the job site were accounted for and no additional injuries were reported.

The accident is under investigation by the Suffolk Police and OSHA. No further information is available.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 29, 2020 at 7:53pm

https://romesentinel.com/stories/13-die-in-china-building-collapse,...

13 die in China building collapse

Posted Saturday, August 29, 2020 9:58 am

BEIJING (AP) — Thirteen people were killed in China after a two-story restaurant collapsed during a gathering this morning, state media said.

State broadcaster CCTV said in a social media post that 30 other people were brought out from the rubble, including four with serious injuries. The restaurant was in Shanxi province’s Xiangfen county, 400 miles southwest of Beijing.

The cause of the collapse was not immediately clear.

Hundreds of rescue workers, wearing hardhats and face masks, searched for trapped people in a daylong operation.

Video posted by CCTV showed them hefting heavy pieces of concrete. At least once, the remaining frame of the building shook but didn’t fall.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 29, 2020 at 12:56am

https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/business-building-collapses-in-no...

St. Louis, MO

Updated: Aug 28, 2020 / 11:43 AM CDT

ST. LOUIS – For a third time in less than a week, a building collapsed in St. Louis. This time, there were people inside. Fortunately, No one was hurt.

According to the St. Louis Fire Department, the second floor of Dorothy’s TV, Appliance & Furniture, at MLK Drive and Hamilton, fell onto the sidewalk about 10:15 a.m. Friday.

“We were in there just moving some stuff around and we heard this big boom. The next thing you know, we looked up front and everything was just falling,” said employee Leland Vasser. “(It) scared me pretty good. I’m just glad we had that second floor there to keep this stuff from falling down on us.”

Vasser and three others inside the store were frozen in place; there was nowhere to hide. Thankfully, all the tumbling brick and mortar from the second floor did not fall through the ceiling over their heads and no one was hit on the sidewalk. It remained buried by debris Friday evening. Orange cones and police tape surrounded the site as more bricks appeared ready to fall.

A search dog was used to conduct a search of the building. All of the people in the building were accounted for and no injuries were reported.

Part of a building in the historic Lemp Brewery complex fell over the weekend. A former church on Cook Avenue fell Wednesday. There were no injuries. No was inside either building.

The building on MLK Drive is believed to be about 80 years old.

A resident said a few bricks had already begun to fall earlier this week.

Records show the city’s Building Division opened an investigation there two days before the collapse, inspecting for exterior code violations. Frank Oswald of the city’s Building Division confirmed the building was condemned after the inspection.

The business continued to operate.

More buildings in St. Louis have either started falling or appear ready to fall, with bricks leaning and bowing.

The city has been aggressive in tearing down derelict buildings, going from just 32 demolitions in 2017 to 660 last year, but can’t keep up.

“It is amazing that no one was injured,” said Captain Garon Mosby.

It is such a concern that authorities are taking those watchwords for crime or terrorism—”if you see something, saying something”—and applying them to dangerous buildings.

Wet weather is a huge factor, according to experts.

The last time St. Louis had below average rainfall for a year was 2017.

According to the National Weather Service, St. Louis has had nearly 40 inches of precipitation in 2020, more than a foot above normal after being 13 inches above normal in 2019.

With all of that moisture and a lack of maintenance, old brick buildings can essentially get soft as wet bricks and mortar expand and contract through repeated hot and cool cycles.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 25, 2020 at 5:27am

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Dozens feared trapped in building collapse in India's Maharashtra state

August 24, 2020

New Delhi (CNN)Up to 60 people are believed to be trapped and some 18 injured following a building collapse in India's western Maharashtra state.

The figures are based on initial reports, according to Anupam Srivastava, head of the state unit for the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
Three teams from the NDRF are en route from the city of Pune to Mahad city in Raigaid district where the five-story building collapsed, Srivastava told CNN.
The teams are expected to reach the site in the early hours of Tuesday morning local time (5 pm ET), when they will have "a better idea of the situation," he added.
Following the incident, the Twitter account for the office of Maharashtra's Chief Minister Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray tweeted: "CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray spoke to MLA @BharatGogawale and Collector Nidhi Chaudhary to inquire about the building collapse in Mahad. He has assured them that all possible support will be extended for speedy rescue & relief works."
India's home affairs minister, Amit Shah, tweeted: "The collapse of a building in Raigad, Maharashtra is very tragic. Have spoken to DG @NDRFHQ to provide all possible assistance, teams are on the way and will be assisting with the rescue operations as soon as possible. Praying for everyone's safety."
For centuries, agriculture in South Asia has depended on the annual monsoon, which stretches from about June until September. But intense rains and floods also cause devastation and billions of dollars in damage and economic loss across much of the region every year.
The southwestern state of Kerala has been battered by rain and flooding this season. At least 43 people, including three children, died earlier this month after torrential rains triggered a landslide.
Monsoon rains have triggered deadly flooding in the eastern Indian states of Assam and Bihar since May, affecting more than 2.4 million people, swamping large parts of a national park, and killing more than 100 wild animals, including a dozen rhinos.
Elsewhere in the region, Nepal has endured massive landslides and severe flooding, while nearly one third of Bangladesh -- and a fifth of its population of 161 million people -- have been affected by floods.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 24, 2020 at 7:13am

https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/building-at-lemp-brewery-...

Building at Lemp Brewery collapses, hundreds of bicycles underneath rubble

building at the Lemp Brewery complex partially collapsed Sunday morning, potentially destroying hundreds of bicycles stored there.

No one was injured in the collapse of the six-story brick building, which happened around 9 a.m., at Cherokee and 18th streets. St. Louis BWorks, whose charter program is St. Louis Bicycle Works, was using part of the building to store at least 700 bicycles, said Patrick Van Der Tuin, the nonprofit’s executive director.

The group teaches children about bicycle safety and maintenance; giving them a free bicycle at the end of the program. The bicycles under the rubble were collected in spring and summer to keep them working through the winter.

“Our bikes are underneath likely tons of bricks,” Van Der Tuin said at the scene of the collapse. “It’s just devastating to look at.”

He said he previously reported sections of loose bricks that had popped out from the wall to the complex’s owner, Shashi Palamand. Caution tape had been put up just last week, said Dan Guenther, alderman for the 9th Ward.

Police and first responders searched the scene with K-9s and did not find anyone inside the building. Utility workers responded to turn off water, gas and electrical connections. Nearby business Mac’s Local Eats closed for the day.

Palamand, who owns the complex under Historic Lemp Brewery LLC, said Sunday that he believed storms in April and again in July contributed to the collapse, and he had called in an engineer and a masonry company in the last few weeks to look at it. They said the damage appeared to be cosmetic and the building was structurally sound, he said. He had spent $1 million about 10 years ago to replace the roof of that building and strengthen its walls.

He said that a controlled demolition of the building would start Monday morning, and he hoped most of the bicycles would be fine. “Two-thirds of the building is not really affected as well,” he said. “I’m very confident that bikes can be saved.”

Van Der Tuin said at least one-third of the bikes were gone from what he can see on the outside, and said he thought it was a “huge maybe” that others were undamaged.

The Lemp Brewery complex is a campus of 29 buildings between Cherokee Street, South Broadway and Lemp Avenue, owned by the Historic Lemp Brewery LLC. The building that collapsed is building No. 20.

“It’s just fortunate no cars were driving by or no people walking by or anyone in the building. I don’t think anyone would have imagined a whole wall would come down,” Guenther said.

Van Der Tuin said BWorks had a work truck stolen about two weeks ago. “We keep getting kicked in the head,” he said. The bicycles in the building would have been used for the Earn-a-Bike program and for holiday bike giveaways. The program has about 300 other bicycles at its shop in the Soulard neighborhood, at 2414 Menard Street.

Employees had worked in the building as recently as Thursday, Van Der Tuin said. The space was ideal because they and volunteers could social distance and continue to work. He said that business had continued at the shop in Soulard but was curbside pickup only, and that while they stayed busy during the pandemic, accessory sales that would normally happen inside were down.

“If you manage a nonprofit, you know you have limited resources,” said employee and mechanic Chris Koehler. “We just lost all the limited resources that we have.”

Buildings in the complex were damaged in an April storm. In 2015, a fire damaged a building there; fire officials said it looked like people had been squatting in the building.

Adam Lemp founded the Western Brewery in 1840. His son renamed it for himself, and William J. Lemp Brewing Co. was one of the largest national breweries, rivaling Anheuser-Busch at the turn of the 20th century. The two brewery complexes are just blocks away from each other, both built to take advantage of natural cave complexes in the area.

Prohibition decimated Lemp’s business, and the brewery buildings were sold in 1922. The International Shoe Co. used the complex until 1992, according to the website for the group that now owns it. Manufacturing at the site ended in the 1980s, the site says. Parts of several buildings in the complex are rented out for artists’ studios, offices and other purposes.

The Lemp Mansion, a block away, and the brewery complex are rumored to .... Several commercial haunted houses have used various brewery buildings during Halloween season.

In 2019, Blue Arrow Holdings LLC received a license to use a building to gro....

St. Louis BWorks also has a program where students work to earn a desktop computer system and a cultural literacy program where students write and illustrate their own books.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 21, 2020 at 1:43am

https://www.kctv5.com/news/local_news/post-office-collapses-in-miss...

Post office collapses in Missouri town of Jamesport

  • Posted on Aug 19, 2020

JAMESPORT, MO (KCTV) — Emergency crews say no one was hurt Wednesday morning when the United States Post Office building in the small north-central Missouri town of Jamesport collapsed.

Officials with the Daviess County Emergency Management Agency said that the building collapse happened around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and that no one was inside the structure at the time.

The collapse has closed traffic in the blocks around the building.

DCEMA, the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office and Jamesport Fire and Rescue were involved with the response.

Emergency officials in Daviess County saw the cause of the collapse is still under investigation.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 19, 2020 at 2:33am

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/environment/2020/08/18/road-col...

Road collapse as storms lead to travel disruption and flooding of properties

Recovery and repair work is still under way after landslides caused by flash floods flooded six properties and brought chaos to the region.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service was called out to various incidents in Knighton, Presteigne, Llandrindod Wells and Rhayader after the weather turned sour.

A hand pump was also used to remove water from nearby businesses while a Dyfed Powys Police van wheel got stuck in a sink hole on a Radnorshire road

The van’s wheel sank into the hole, where a culvert collapsed, washing the road surface away, on the B4355 at Lloyney, near Knighton, at about 1.30am on Thursday.

A spokesman said: “The vehicle became trapped and was recovered shortly after 4am with only minor damage. The van was not on its way to an incident at the time, so no response times were affected.”

The road was closed and Powys County Council’s Highways Department said the closure would remain in place until September 1.

The storms also caused extensive damage to the Heart of Wales railway line. Passengers are encouraged to check before they travel while Network Rail engineers carry out repairs.

Replacement bus services remain in place between Shrewsbury and Llandrindod Wells.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service was called out to various incidents in Knighton, Presteigne, Llandrindod Wells and Rhayader last Wednesday.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s Head of Operational Response for Powys, Craig Thomas said it was a busy night for firefighters, particularly in the Knighton and Rhayader areas.

He said: “We were called to a number of incidents throughout the evening and were quite busy in Rhayader and Knighton.

“There was a landslide caused by flash floods which led to six properties being flooded in Knighton, so we were on hand to pump water away and give assistance to business and home owners affected.

“There were also a number of incidents in Llandrindod Wells so it was a busy night.”

Meanwhile, passengers using the Heart of Wales line are encouraged to check before they travel as the railway between Shrewsbury and Llandrindod Wells has been closed owing to extensive damage caused by extreme rainfall in mid-Wales on August 12 and 13.

Near Knighton, the railway has been damaged at various sites including across a 350m stretch where ballast has been washed away and significant debris has been washed onto the track meaning it is completely buried in some areas.

Network Rail engineers are working around the clock to inspect and repair the damage and will confirm how long the closure will last as soon as possible.

The closure means buses will replace trains between Shrewsbury and Llandrindod Wells with passengers advised to check before they travel at National Rail Enquiries or with Transport for Wales.

Bill Kelly, Network Rail’s Wales route director, said: “We are sorry for the disruption this has caused to passengers who use the Heart of Wales line.

“We saw extreme rainfall for a prolonged period on Thursday which has caused significant damage to sections of the railway and left debris across hundreds of metres of track.

“We are already working around the clock to repair the damage as quickly as possible and we will keep everyone updated with our progress.”

James Price, Transport for Wales CEO said: “We would like to apologise to our customers for any disruption that has been caused, we’ll be working with our partners in Network Rail to resume services as quickly as possible.

“There will be rail replacement buses available and please could all our customers check online before they travel for updated information.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 15, 2020 at 8:52pm

http://egypttoday.com/Article/1/90835/Building-collapses-in-Cairo-s...

Building collapses in Cairo's Qasr el Nile neighborhood

Sat, 15 Aug 2020 - 11:37 GMT

CAIRO - 15 August 2020: A building collapsed Saturday in Cairo's downtown neighborhood of Qasr el Nile. Civil protection units were able to rescue 14 people.


The civil protection units rushed to the scene and cordoned off the environs of the building. Also, traffic diversions took place following the accident. 

The sources emphasized that an inventory of the population is underway, in addition to counting the losses in conjunction with the continuing rescue operations.

Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel Aal decided to form an engineering committee to examine the properties nearby to the collapsed property No. 50 on Qasr El Nil Street to clarify the extent of its impact by the collapse.
 
The collapsed property is an architectural style registered, and two decisions were issued to remove it, but it was unimplemented. It is located in an area of 1500 meters and consists of four floors.
 
It has a money exchange company, a closed furniture showroom on the ground floor, clothing stores, and administrative and commercial offices. All facilities were disconnected from it immediately after the collapse.
 
Civil protection and security personnel at the Cairo Security Directorate evacuated residents from two properties close to the collapsed property.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 10, 2020 at 4:48am

https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/crime_police/article_f...

Baton Rouge firefighters respond to North Street club following building's collapse

August 9 2020

A building housing a night club on North Street partially collapsed late Sunday afternoon and lead to the building's tear down, Baton Rouge Fire officials said.  

Firefighters responded around 5 p.m. to Herson's Private Club in the 3400 block of North Street after part of the building's front and side collapsed.

No one was in the building at the time, and the club has been closed the past several weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic, said Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Mark Miles. 

Investigators aren't sure why the building collapsed. 

Officials had to tear the building down because of safety concerns, Miles said.

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