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Buildings evacuated in Ocean city after collapse scare

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Some scary moments Monday evening in Ocean City when police evacuated several stores for fear of a building collapse.

Contractors here are working overtime, to make sure this building doesn't fall over.

"We got a police officer, came into the store and told us that we had to evacuate the building and that it was just precautionary because of the building next door. They were concerned it may topple over," contractor Craig Gill said.

After having just finished clean up from flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy to his 7th & Asbury candy business, Rodney once again had to close up shop.

"It looks like its leaning toward my building, just a little bit! But it has always had a little bit of a tilt," Rodney Blomdahl of Rauhausers Candy said.

Always a tilt, but he says never this bad. The building is nearly 100-years-old. Contractors say the two tenants who live upstairs and the retail store August Heart won't be able to come back for months according to contractors.

When Hurricane Sandy hit the building the owner says it took on 18 inches of water, the cement floor buckled and all that was left was a sandy floor and rotted support beams.

"It was good that we caught this when we did from the flood instead of letting it sit there it could have been a worse situation," Gill said.

Contractors tell us they will secure this building, but tell us it will always be a little unique.

"Its always going to look like this. We can't straighten it out, but we can secure it with sheet walls and keep everything from moving further," Gill added.

All of the businesses on Asbury in Ocean City besides the August Heart store are back open today.

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