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Leaning wall to be repaired before RiverFest in Eden

EDEN, N.C. -- In one of the most historic parts of Eden, a second floor wall is leaning toward Washington Street. As a precaution, Economic Development Director Michael Dougherty said the city closed one block of Washington Street.

"The potential if something would have happened, there would have been a lot of liability issues," Dougherty said.

Contractors will brace the leaning wall and Washington Street should reopen mid-week. That's great news to businesses that have been impacted by the street closure. Eden's Tourism and Special Events Coordinator Cindy Adams is pleased as well. Washington Street will be ready in time for RiverFest.

"We were going to have to reconfigure some vendors and things like that. But right now we are normal and that's a great relief," Adams said.

Tom Barbour is a photographer and member of the Eden Historical Museum. He is confident that the building's owner will find a permanent fix to the leaning wall when RiverFest ends.

RiverFest is from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. RiverFest brings about 15,000 visitors to Eden.