Collapse That Metaphor

“Denise Jack and other car owners thought they had it bad when a 75-foot retaining wall in Washington Heights in northern Manhattan collapsed on May 12, burying their parked vehicles beneath untold tons of debris. But their ordeal was actually just beginning.
“Their cars remain buried there today, and none are expected to be unearthed until the rest of the wall is stabilized and the rubble removed – up to a year from now.
“Until then, they are caught in the world of insurance limbo.
“‘These people have a bit of an uphill battle,’ said Anthony Michael Sabino, a law professor at St. John’s University.”
A Wall Fell on Their Cars. Then Bad Luck Set In., by Anahad O’Connor and Rachel Metz, The New York Times, June 11, 2005.