There were some tense moments at the CVS Pharmacy located at 11th and Washington Friday night.
L+I ordered an emergency evacuation and closure of the property located at 1001 Washington Ave. after the Philadelphia Police noticed a significant crack in one of the pillars at the entrance. A depression in the parking lot raised fears that the store could possibly be sinking. Say what, now?
Employees and customers were evacuated from the premises around 7:30 p.m. on Friday night, reports NBC10. The crack was apparently over a month in the making. The store said it appeared about five weeks ago but didn’t get worse until recently. A contractor for CVS didn’t believe there was structural damage.
An inspector for L&I at the scene told NBC10 that he “would rather be cautious” and called for an engineer to assess the damage to the property. No injuries were reported.
CVS reopened Saturday afternoon, according to a worker at the store. Crews are currently on hand to fix the pillar, with a large hole dug at its base to assess the situation. Some of the facade has also been removed and the parking lot is closed while crews are on hand.
Finally back in Philly and I look out my window to find the CVS across the street is falling into a sinkhole. Good to be home.
— Robert J. Moore (@robertjmoore) October 19, 2014