Sprague building collapse hurting nearby businesses

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 4 at 7:00 PM

SPRAGUE, Wash. -- A building collapsed in Sprague, Washington in early September after a bad storm in the middle of downtown. Debris still has not been cleaned up and nearby store owners said the road closure is hurting business. It is a man route right through the center of town.

"This is my livelihood and I live in this bar," said Tammy Nelson, owner of a business in downtown Sprague, "So it's going to be tough. I'm going to be homeless and out of a job."

Nelson owned and operated her business for seven years before the building across the street from hers partially collapsed. Lincoln County building inspectors ordered the city barricade one side of a block days later and close the street out of concern that added stress on the other buildings could cause them to come down.

"I will lose business if it stays like this," Nelson said.

KREM 2 News called Sprague City Hall and were directed to contact the Lincoln County Building Inspector. The inspector said it has been "a process" securing the block, power, and utility. He said he expects clean up to start later in October. He also said that both the building that collapsed and the vet clinic that sits next to it will get torn down.

 

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