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Morrisville Offficials Block Off Road, Cite Concerns About Eroding Embankment

Posted November 20, 2003

— Workers in a building that sits above a mud slide were back in their offices Thursday.

Morrisville police evacuated the building Wednesday after a retaining wall built into an embankment on which the building sits crumbled during Wednesday's heavy rain.

According to Police Chief Robert Whitesell, the company that built the wall -- Triangle Development Group -- sent the town a letter accepting liability and responsibility for the wall.

The company has its own engineers looking at rebuilding the wall. The town said the company did not have a permit to build the wall and has OSHA violations to clear up.

A lot of pieces of the wall have crumbled, and town officials are afraid even more of it could come down. That is why they have blocked the Copley Parkway that runs along the bottom of the embankment.

Whatever happens, the town of Morrisville claims it will not be responsible.

Though the employees of Enterprise Rent A Car were allowed to return to work, they were told not to park in the back of the lot closest to the wall.

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