Heavy snowfall across the globe causing more roof collapses

January 26, 2011EDMONTON, Alberta — About 150 people narrowly avoided injury Tuesday when the snow-covered roof of a seniors recreation center in Edmonton, Alberta, collapsed, officials said. Among those scurrying to safety at the Northgate Lions Senior Citizens Recreation Center were 30 members of a choir, who were rushed out of a gymnasium when staff noticed ceiling tiles coming loose and the roof starting to bow. The roof came down almost immediately after everyone in the gym and the center’s multipurpose rooms were evacuated, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. “People had to run out without their coats and without their purses in some cases,” Rob Smythe of the city’s Community Services Department told the CBC. Edmonton has experienced a relatively snowy January. An official said all city buildings would be checked to guard against another roof collapse.  –UPI 

Russia“ONE person was killed and at least 13 injured today when the roof of a shopping centre collapsed under the weight of snow in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Around 100 rescuers were working through the night in search of any survivors who might be trapped in the rubble. “One person has been killed, an employee of the Okey hypermarket, aged 35, and one has been seriously injured,” said Andrei Alyabiyev, a spokesman for Russia’s emergencies ministry. Emergency services said 13 people had been injured, including 10 who were being treated in a hospital for broken bones and concussions.”New.com.au
LEDUC, Alta. — The roof of a Brick furniture store just south of Edmonton partially collapsed early Wednesday due to what firefighters believe is excessive snow. Leduc Fire Services was called to the store at 5:15 a.m., and emergency personnel are remaining on-site until all utilities have been secured and the facility is no longer a safety hazard. There were no injuries. –Vancouver Sun
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