“I can’t even begin to put a pulse on how frustrated I am,” business owner talking about debris still on building

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HARRISBURG, Pa.-- It's been more than a week and a business is still under debris from last week's parking lot collapse. Howard Tire and Auto still cannot use part of their tire warehouse which is still damaged.

"I can't even begin to put a pulse on how frustrated I am," said Howard Henry, owner of Howard Tire and Auto.

When we went there today, the scene looked almost the same from last week. The debris was still on the roof, and the car was still in the debris field. When we went inside it was more of the same. He said he's still not sure how much product he lost to the damage.

"A week and a day later, absolutely no movement," Henry said. "No conversations. No path forward of any kind."

Henry said he's reached out to the claimed owner of the debris, the owners McFarland Apartment building. He said they have not talked to him about the removal of the debris or repairs to his building.
When we reached them by phone, they said "no comment" to our questions.

"I'm not in a place where I'm trying to blame anybody for anything," Henry said. "I just need help."

He said the damage and excavation is estimated at more than a million dollars.

"It looks like we are very successful, and we could just easily write a check for a million dollars," he said. "But I assure your that I am a small business man, and I don't have the ability to write a million dollar check."

The company is open for business but they can't access all the tires they need. According to Henry, some of the tires people are asking for are in the warehouse where they can't work. He said the city has been helpful with saying where they can and can't work so he can stay open.

He said his insurance company will not cover the cost of this. He said the company is claiming this as an "earth movement," and he does not have that on his policy.

Before any action is done, Henry wants the hillside to be looked at by an engineer. He fears that if the excavation is done improperly, more of the hillside could collapse on his business.

"You move the wrong section at the right time, and the hill could possibly collapse," he said.

In this time of uncertainty, he made one thing clear.

"I started no matter what, and I'll stay no matter what," Henry said. "I'm not leaving."