ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- Morganne Parsons had the automobile and motorcycle restoration business her husband Chad started open just seven months, before a rockslide slammed into the back of the building she occupies in St. Albans on Wednesday.
"I'm sick to my stomach," Parsons said as she surveyed the damage to the industrial building near the intersection of U.S. 60 and W.Va. 817 (the former route of U.S. 35). "I was shocked to see everything."
The rockslide hit the back of the building at about 9:15 a.m., caving in the back wall of Pins 'N Rods Customs, at 503 MacCorkle Ave.
C.W. Sigman, Kanawha County's deputy emergency services director, attributed the rockslide to heavy overnight rains, coming after a severe freeze.
"We've had rockslides in Cedar Grove and Marmet and other places around the county," Sigman said at the scene.
"When you get water in behind [the rock] and it freezes, then thaws, it pushes out on the rock and you're going to get rock falls."
No one was hurt by the rockslide, but falling stone and mud caved in the wall in three of five work bays. Parsons said four cars and about 20 motorcycles, including antique Harley-Davidsons, were in the building when the wall collapsed.
Employees were able to push the cars out, but damage to the motorcycles wasn't clear Wednesday, Parsons said. Most of the motorcycles were still covered with rock and other debris.