“The mountain just came down,” said Stephen Felt, a structural architect for Middlebury Interactive Languages. “Like a rockslide inside the building.”
Felt was at his kids’ soccer game Saturday when the storms rolled in. They decided it would be better to ride out the storm at work, rather than drive home.
“When we got here, there was water and rock gushing out from behind the building,” said Felt.
If he had arrived just a few minutes earlier, he would have been sitting in the room where rocks broke through the wall.
“We grabbed the most essential things, like backup hardware,” said Felt.
Water, mud, rocks, and even tree branches now cover the entire building. Lines nearly two feet up the wall show how high the water rose.
“We think it's structurally sound,” said Greg Strong, property manager for the building. “But until we can extricate the rock and mud inside the building, we won't know for sure.”
Just how did an entire hillside collapse? Greg Beckstrom with the City of
“This is about as big a rainstorm as we've ever seen,” said Beckstrom, who has also lived in the neighborhood for nearly three decades. Beckstrom says even though the storm drainage was redone six years ago, it just could not stand when an inch of rain came in a half hour.
Some people told ABC4 they had seen leaking from the storm drainage just a week ago, but the City of
“Bottom line, you don’t design for a 50 year event,” said Beckstrom. “It was pretty intense and just unbelievable volume.”
They are also working to remove the stairs at