Surveillance video captures wall collapse in Duluth

1:16 PM, Jun 20, 2012   |    comments
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DULUTH, Minn. - Like most businesses these days, Whole Food Coop in Duluth has surveillance cameras. The primary mission for the video snooping system is to catch crooks in the act, but on Wednesday it captured something else: an 18-foot retaining wall crumbling under the pressure of a historic flood.

The tape shows the breech in the recently constructed wall, located at 6th Avenue East and 4th Street, start as a seep, proceed to a trickle, and then explode into a torrent of water.

Whole Food Coop manager Sharon Murphy says at least half of the retaining wall has given way, and she figures the rest will crumble soon. The water is cascading down the hill into a home and two apartment buildings, both of which have been evacuated.

Murphy says the store is ok so far, but she plans on closing up early and sending employees home early so they remain safe.  

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