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Authorities Respond To Partial House Collapses In Passaic, Mount Olive

Part of a foundation wall was washed away by floodwaters at this Passaic, N.J., home. (credit: Roger Stern/1010 WINS)

Part of a foundation wall was washed away by floodwaters at this Passaic, N.J., home. (credit: Roger Stern/1010 WINS)

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PASSAIC, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Authorities in New Jersey were dealing with two partial house collapses Sunday morning.

In Passaic, about 10 feet of a brick foundation wall at a 2 1/2-story house was washed away by floodwaters, putting the entire building in danger of collapse, 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported. Authorities evacuated the Jackson Street home and the two neighboring houses.

Thirty people were displaced by the partial collapse, CBS 2 reported.

The homes were blocked off with police tape Sunday morning, and a patrol car was stationed out front to make sure no one tried to enter.

Tom Simpson of the Passaic Building Department said the house’s foundation wall was already weakened by renovation work done by the owner.

“The brick and mortar dries out,” he explained. “The water seeps in, weakens it and just causes the fail.”

Robert, who lives next door, told Stern he and his family were woken up in the middle of the night and sent to a shelter. He, however, was told they can return Sunday.

The damaged house may not be usable for a month.

Meanwhile, authorities in Morris County also responded to a partial house collapse. The home is on Woodsedge Avenue in Mount Olive.

There have been no reports of serious injuries in either incident.

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