Sullivan emergency evacuation lifted

On Wednesday, crews were forced to evacuate the area around North Court Street.

Posted: Oct 17, 2019 2:55 PM
Updated: Oct 17, 2019 5:46 PM

SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTHI) - An emergency evacuation in Sullivan has been lifted.

That's according to the city's mayor, Clint Lamb.

On Wednesday, crews were forced to evacuate the area around North Court Street.

He said a forensic architect was able to secure the building.

The city doesn't have to immediately tear the building down.

However, there are safety measures in place.

The city and gas company have placed metal sheets to catch anymore falling debris.

There is good news.

Lamb said some of the businesses in the area are back up and running.
For example, Toys Auto Parts and Paws and Claws.

City Hall however, will be moved to Innovate Sullivan. 

That's located at 32 N. Washington St. 

Mayor Lamb said they'll be back open at 8 a.m. on Monday.

He told us,this has bought city leaders more time to figure out what to do with the building moving forward. 

"We can actually slow down now and work together and get a lot more community feedback on this. That's not to say that eventually there could be a demolition of that particular building, but now it brings back to the table the potential of a historic preservation," said Mayor Lamb. 

We will keep you updated on this story.

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