A wall of a building that is being demolished in downtown Arlington collapsed Friday onto the town’s post office, closing it indefinitely.
Just before 12:10 p.m. Friday, Washington County sheriff’s deputies received a call about a building collapse in Arlington. Grefe Excavating was demolishing the Arlington Village Hall, which had been condemned, Washington County Sheriff Mike Robinson said. The hall’s south wall fell into the north side of the post office. A hole was knocked into the post office building, Robinson said, and an alleyway was filled with bricks and debris.
A clerk and a customer were in the post office at the time of the collapse, but they were not seriously injured, Robinson said. The clerk, he said, suffered bruises on her legs.
An inspector was looking at the building, and officials will request a structural engineer to assess the damage.
As for now, the sheriff said, “the post office is closed indefinitely, and no one is allowed in.”
Mail operations and delivery will move from the Arlington post office to the post office in Fremont at 348 E. Sixth St. starting today, postal officials said.
Rural route customers in the Arlington area will continue to get mail as usual, according to a press release. Mail dropped in the blue outgoing box outside the post office in Arlington, at 237 N. Second St., still will be collected and delivered.
Arlington is a town of more than 1,200 people about 33 miles northwest of Omaha.