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A collapse that carries a warning (2 photos)

Friday, March 14, 2014   by: Staff

Loyal reader Gerry LeBlanc sent us these photos along with a caution to other readers to check their own roofs.

He says the carport on a house in the 400 block of John Street collapsed under the weight of the snow on it Friday.

Conditions are perfect for increased snow load at this time of year and, with the extreme amounts of snow that have fallen this winter, structures are collapsing under the weight. 

On Friday and Friday night the Sault and area experienced freezing rain, mixed with snow and rain, after a period of warmer temperatures, high humidity and little wind that melted snow on roofs but didn't evaporate it. 

In effect, the snow became more dense and spongy, soaking up the even more dense rain water that will freeze in the next few days as temperatures drop.

"A cubic foot of dry snow weighs about 6 to 8 pounds, while one cubic foot of packed snow could weigh up to 20 pounds. The same volume of ice can weigh three times this amount," says

"No one was hurt [in the carport collapse pictured]," said LeBlanc. "[But it] caused heavy damage to the home."

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Powerwise 3/15/2014 1:23:49 AM Report

I am sure that this may be a serious consideration when it comes time to do some SPRING CLEANING in this part of town.

I do not mean that in a sense which might be offensive to members of this particular neighborhood.

I only mean that this is a spring season of the SPIRIT and that should inspire you to work towards a greater situation for yourself and those around you.

I have noticed a SIGNIFICANT decrease in this city's infrastructure from an earliar time.

There is no need for an excuse or a BLAME GAME trick like accusation of not paying taxes or sloth.

I mean sloth as in being unwilling to do all that you can do.

(not false pride)

My oh my, it's getting late ! I believe it may be time to have a relaxing cup of hot cocoa.
Powerwise 3/15/2014 1:30:44 AM Report

I do not mean SLOTH as in a deadly sin or some other religious meaning.

There was some unexpected mild weather today and I believe that will lead to some destruction in and around this area.

I was quick to purchase a service which would keep my roof tidy.

It is 1:30 am.
what about bob 3/15/2014 7:12:18 AM Report

Just curious, was there a fire involved also, or was someone trapped? If not, then why are fire fighters on the scene?
Just Curious 3/15/2014 8:41:29 AM Report

what about bob, The fire department are First Responders to any emergency situation that may involve fire or gas leaks or major structural damage, as in this case. The Fire department also comes in place of an ambulance when they are all busy or when extra manpower is required to remove a patient. The volunteer fire department in Searchmont saved my life when I had my first heart attack..:).
thera 3/15/2014 9:58:34 AM Report

Marissa, you realize there is caffeine in hot chocolate, right? When are you going to stop this life of sin you are leading?
Dodgegirl73 3/15/2014 11:21:25 AM Report

There is an older gentleman that lives at this residence. The neighbors were concerned that he might be trapped underneath the roof or trapped inside. Thank goodness he wasn't as he was out with a friend at the time.
nailr 3/15/2014 4:57:21 PM Report

Good Gawd! Why are there so many firemen around looking at this to assess the damage when the only thing probably damaged was a vehicle. Talk about a waste of manpower!And to think we pay them big bucks as taxpayers to gawk at damage
Lleoy 3/15/2014 7:29:50 PM Report


Keep up the good work boys. People need to realize when they cry like this, jobs get cut.
Fallen 3/16/2014 3:47:57 AM Report

Must be new to Canada, anyone else would have shoved some of the snow off that roof.
Fallen 3/16/2014 3:49:29 AM Report

Nailr, that was a pretty silly response.
troubador 3/17/2014 5:12:52 PM Report

Not as silly as powerwise!!
Jamie333 3/17/2014 5:22:18 PM Report

Not true Fallen...I've noticed several houses that should be shoveling some of the snow off their roofs. I'm actually surprised this doesn't happen more often.
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