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Unstable building forces road closing in Wilson, Northampton Co.

Snow damages Wilson building

WILSON, Pa. - A block was cordoned off Saturday in Wilson, Northampton Co., after a building was evacuated because of structural damage caused by heavy snow and ice accumulation.

Butler Street, between 18th and Ridge streets, was closed after numerous cracks appeared in the Wash-A-Teria laundromat and Carnig Cleaners and Dryers building. Police said no injuries were reported.

Cracks are clearly visible across the front of the building, which is bowing outward.

In addition to housing the laundromat and cleaners businesses, there are two apartments in the building's upstairs.

The road in front of the building will be closed for at least a week, according to police.

Work to repair the building is scheduled to begin Monday morning, according to the property owner.

Police said they were informed of the structural problems Friday afternoon after the building owner contacted the borough.

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