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South Street wall collapse forces out residents, closes businesses

Heavy rain washed out a retaining wall near South Street on Monday, forcing eight residents from their homes and forcing a handful of businesses to close.

A partial wall collapse has officials reviewing whether 8th Street, near South Street, is safe for vehicular traffic. Credit: Metro file photo A partial wall collapse has officials reviewing whether 8th Street, near South Street, is safe for vehicular traffic.
Credit: Metro file photo

UPDATE, 10:17 a.m.: The stretch of 8th Street shut down as a precautionary measure following a partial wall collapse between South and Bainbridge Streets Monday night has been re-opened to vehicular traffic.

The road was re-opened before 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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Heavy rain washed out a retaining wall near South Street on Monday, forcing eight residents from their homes and forcing a handful of businesses to close down.

The partial wall collapse happened about 8 p.m. Monday on 8th Street between South and Bainbridge Streets, CBS Philly reports. The wall toppled when rain washed away dirt beneath it.

Several businesses in the area will not be able to open Tuesday as the area around the collapsed wall is examined and stabilized. Officials were also to inspect 8th Street.

 
 
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