City block collapses in Astoria

City block collapses in Astoria
Photo by Katie Wilson / Daily Astorian. Used with permission.

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - A vacant city block in downtown Astoria has collapsed after heavy weekend rain.

No injuries were reported.

City Manager Paul Benoit believes the collapse may be related to a depression in the concrete where rainwater pooled. The area that collapsed was the floor above the basement of an old Safeway store.

The block behind the American Legion building has caused concern in the past.

Three months ago, the city noticed a depression in the ground and fenced off the area. Benoit said the city will most likely fill in the ground and once the economy improves, use the space to build some sort of civic center/park.

Astoria Mayor Willis Van Dusen said city workers quickly put up a fence around the collapsed area after they spotted it Monday morning.

The mayor says he's waiting for a report by the city manager.