City Street Collapses amid Deluge
The south side of 26th Street between St. Paul and Charles St. collapsed onto the CSX tracks below this afternoon after hours of steady downpours and flood warnings. Police on the scene told an eyewitness that there were no known injuries or fatalities.
Chris Merriam, the founder of Bikemore (and the roommate of City Paper calendar editor Brandon Weigel), was two blocks away when the street collapsed. “It sounded like thunder,” he says. By the time Merriam made it to the scene police and fire teams had arrived and were trying to secure the area.
“The whole sidewalk and part of the street just disappeared,” Merriam says. “A bunch of cars went down with it, some were teetering, and others were totally fine.”
Merriam estimates that 100 people were on the scene, including neighbors who say they had been warning the city about a potential collapse for months. “There was apparently a big crack in the middle of the street,” he reports. “They were saying it was only a matter of time.”