Dirt on parking garage caused collapse at Watergate complex

Jul 18, 2015 3:21 PM by News Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials say dirt on the top of a three-story parking garage at the famed Watergate complex in Washington caused the partial collapse on May 1 that injured two people.

According to The Washington Post, the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs said Friday that a construction company and a landscaping firm dumped too much dirt on top of the garage.

The collapse forced several businesses to close and led to flooding in the garage that damaged or destroyed a few dozen cars.

A spokesman for Grunley Construction said Friday that the cause of the collapse remains under investigation and declined to comment further. Developer EuroCapital Properties issued a similar statement.

The Watergate Hotel is undergoing a $125 million renovation.

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