A parking lot collapsed on Monday after at least 5 days of record or near record setting rainfall. The lot, located near the beginning of the 105 extension and behind Appalachian Exxon, was built in the early 1970's, according to several natives and long time residents. The collapse slid down onto an adjacent property owned by another local business. An engineer on site to asset the damage said that it could run into the six figure range to fix.
A homeless veteran living below the incident told WBTV reporter Steve Ohnesorge that he heard the wall give way. Ray Langdon, a former marine, said “It was close, very close.””I jumped and ran.” Steve's complete interview is available below.
There were no cars parked on the collapsed portion, and no one below at the time of the incident.
*original story posted at 2:09pm Monday*
Constant rain in Boone over the last 5 days is believed to be the cause of a local parking lot collapsing. The lot, located near the beginning of the 105 extension and behind Appalachian Exxon, is believed to have fallen early Monday morning according to several persons on the scene.
There were no cars parked on the collapsed portion, and no one below at the time of the incident. Businesses located in the complex remained open Monday. Though not confirmed officially, it is believed the parking area has been in place since the 1970's.
Since Thursday Boone has recorded over 7 inches of rain with more expected this week.
Photos & Video: Kenneth Reece
Video: Steve Ohnesorge – WBTV
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