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Roof on Storage Units Collapse Under Weight of Snow

by Kim Kilpatrick February 1, 2013 1:47 PM
During the month of January, record amounts of snow fell in Utah. It received 23.8 inches snowfall which is the most snowfall in January in seventeen years.

While ski resort owners delighted in the snow, it was a different story for one self storage owner. The roof of his facility in Roy, Utah, collapsed under the weight of heavy snow yesterday. Seven units were severely damaged. [More]

Snow and Ice on Self Storage Facility Roofs Continue As Authorities Give Advice and List Warning Signs

by John Stevens February 14, 2011 3:22 PM
During the past six weeks, wherever snow and ice storms have hit hard throughout the United States, roofs have been collapsing. And hitting the news with more frequency, are reports of roofs collapsing at gas stations, athletic facilities and self storage facilities, mainly due to their flat rooftops which make them especially susceptible to buildup. Authorities are reviewing with business owners the warning signs of a collapsing roof and what should be done to keep roofs clear. [More]

Snow Buildup on Roof Tops Could Be Problem For Storage Facilities in Cold Regions

by John Stevens January 31, 2011 8:37 AM
It’s a literally growing threat for businesses and residences in the Northeast and other snow-ridden areas of the United States. What to do with all that snow growing higher on roof tops as storms hit again and again, building up layers of snow and ice above our heads? For self storage businesses it is of particular concern because of the flat roofs the facilities feature. [More]

Fargo Continues to Seek Sandbag Space as City Warehouse Floor Collapses

by John Stevens March 5, 2010 10:26 AM
The city of Fargo, North Dakota, ran into a snag this week in its effort to fill and store one million sandbags to prepare for the likely flooding of the Red River this spring. In a city warehouse, workers were attempting to stack more than 5,000 sandbags when the floor of the building collapsed under the sandbags' weight. No one was hurt, but as the sandbags plummeted into the basement, they broke a gas line. According to Assistant Fire Chief Larry Schuh (quoted in Tuesday's Bismarck Tribune and InForum), firefighting crews had to vent the building for 45 minutes before they could enter safely. Meanwhile, police diverted traffic for four city blocks around the warehouse, fearing that the escaping gas might cause an explosion.

The building in which the floor collapsed was not a commercial storage facility. It was an abandoned building being leased by the city and was previously occupied by Sugar Sand Marine, a boat manufacturer. The building was built in 1956 and was the only storage space used by the city in which sandbags were being stored on a floor that stood above another level. In other facilities where the city is leasing storage space, sandbags are being stored at ground level in buildings that do not have basements. Currently, Fargo has leased enough space for 1.6 million sandbags, but it is negotiating with two other facilities in order to line up more space, according to Terry Ludlum, Fargo's solid waste utility manager (who was quoted in Tuesday's Worthington Daily Globe). [More]