Heavy snow causes damage to carport and storage units in Weber County

Jan 31 2013 - 8:17pm

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Vehicles sit under a collapsed carport Thursday, January 31, 2013 at RL Court Apartments in Ogden. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Kelly Barker, left, and Troy Day clear snow from a carport Thursday, January 31, 2013 at RL Court Apartments in Ogden. Carports were sagging and collapsing under the weight of the snow. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Vehicles sit under a collapsed carport Thursday, January 31, 2013 at RL Court Apartments in Ogden. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Workers put support beams under snow covered carports Thursday, January 31, 2013 at RL Court Apartments in Ogden. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Vehicles sit under a collapsed carport Thursday, January 31, 2013 at RL Court Apartments in Ogden. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Kelly Barker, left, and Troy Day clear snow from a carport Thursday, January 31, 2013 at RL Court Apartments in Ogden. Carports were sagging and collapsing under the weight of the snow. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Vehicles sit under a collapsed carport Thursday, January 31, 2013 at RL Court Apartments in Ogden. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Workers put support beams under snow covered carports Thursday, January 31, 2013 at RL Court Apartments in Ogden. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)

OGDEN -- Heavy snow caused structural and property damage at two locations in Weber County.

In Ogden, fire crews were called at 2:30 p.m. to 550 Grant Ave., Ogden, where a large carport slid to one side and damaged three cars, said Ogden Deputy Fire Chief Mathew Schwenk.

Earlier in the day, firefighters, city officials and Weber County Search and Rescue team members were called to a storage unit at 2775 W. 5500 South, Roy.

"When the call came (at 8:25 a.m.) it came as a structural collapse with unknown or possible occupants," said Roy Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Comeau.

No one was hurt at either location, but property was damaged.

Firefighters from Roy, Ogden and Riverdale responded to the scene. Police closed 5500 South from 2700 West to 2800 West for a short period, while crews determined that no one was inside, Comeau said.

The units, which are large, were rented out and stored everything from "antique cars, boats and trailers, to other items," Comeau said.

Six of the units collapsed entirely, and the roofs of two other units partially collapsed.

Comeau said officials believe the snow is the contributing factor to the roofs collapsing.

"We have a lot of snow, and we are aware this thing can happen," Comeau said.

Older and smaller buildings may be more prone to a roof collapse than newer structures, because the buildings codes have changed in the past 20 years, he said.

Comeau and Schwenk both recommended that residents should either hire a professional contractor or buy a roof rake to remove snow from their roofs if they are concerned about the snow.

Comeau also suggested residents should use the roof rake while standing on the ground and wear a hard hat to protect their heads from icicles if they plan to remove the snow themselves. Residents should avoid climbing on the roof and should not use ladders in these slippery conditions because, "We want people to be safe and not cause any extra problems."

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