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      Quincy business battles landslides

      A landslide at Ron's Tire on Gardner Expressway in Quincy caused big property damage Wednesday morning.

      "I wondered about this for years. We've never seen it. This is the first year we've seen it," Greg Andresen, the owner said.

      Uprooted trees, limbs and mud came crashing down onto the south parking lot at Ron's Tire. Four vehicles lay underneath feet of debris.

      Andresen and his staff say weeks of heavy rain caused the slide sometime before they arrived to work at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

      "It was blocking both the overhead doors when we got here," Andresen said.

      Employees spent the morning clearing away some of the debris so they could get into work.

      It will be a few days before they'll be able dig out the vehicles to assess the damage. Andresen estimates the landslide caused anywhere from $6,000 to $8,000.

      This is the second time in a month a landslide has occurred at Ron's Tire.

      "The last heavy rain a couple weeks ago, we had one. It was further south down on the lot and just blocked the driveway. It didn't damage anything," Andresen said.

      As for the rest of the vehicles on the lot, they'll be moved to locations furthest from the bluff.

      "I'm sure we're going to have more. You can kind of watch and see places starting to slide up there," Andresen said. "You can't really do anything about it...short of taking the whole hill down, but that's not real feasible either."

      Andresen says he'll be speaking with his insurance company about how to go forward with the owners of the cars that received damage.

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