Evans Street remains closed; contractor says not much they could have done ahead of storm

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – A downtown Greenville street remains closed after storm damage last night and the city isn’t sure when it will be safe for it to reopen.

Evans Street, between 4th and 5th streets, was shut down last night after scaffolding that’s being used to build the new Hilton Garden Inn began falling.

The 10-story hotel is under construction and strong winds from the storm caused part of the scaffolding to break off from the building. The National Weather Service said top winds hit 54 miles per hour in Greenville during the storm.

Centerpointe Construction says they are still trying to secure the scaffolding, adding there wasn’t much they could have done ahead of the storm.

Multiple businesses remain closed because of the street being closed. A city spokesman said contractors will have to dismantle the scaffolding before the street can reopen.

Other parts of downtown remain open.