Frustrations mount for Pelham business owners affected by wall collapse
More than a week after a wall collapse in Pelham sent boulders crashing down on stores, business owners still do not know when or if they can reopen their shops.
Three businesses, including a newly opened Washington Mutual Bank branch, had to be immediately demolished. A portion of the cliff is still bearing down on the remaining stores. The impact area is being cleaned up and walled off from the street by wooden planks. At least 10 stores were closed for the holidays, making owners wonder if they will lose their businesses completely.
Storeowners say they cannot get answers from the village as to when they can reopen. The village says they expect to see reports from engineers by the beginning of next week. The cause of the collapse is still under investigation. The village is also waiting on the results of tests of the debris and air that were taken shortly after the incident.
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