A nasty combination of snow, ice and rain collapsed two of my storage ‘buildings’, which was a unpleasant surprise today. Nothing major was lost (other then the buildings, they are a total write-off), but it was a real pain to have to dig everything out and relocate. I think one rake was broke and there was a bent wheel on a spare bike. We got about half of it relocated, the rest can “wait” until I get some of my energy back (hard work in a 4′ ceiling height!).
The real concern, once I realized how bad things had gotten, was shoveling all the snow and ice off the roof of the house, RV and porch overhangs. We also had to dig a path through the snow on the ground so a wagon could be used to move everything. I’m exhausted, can hardly lift my hands right now. Those old-timers must have been some tough birds to live in snow country and deal with problems like this.
I’m definitely thinking ‘underground’ for the next storage location. Then I’ll never have to worry about shoveling any snow or roof collapse if it’s done right. This is the time of year when everything breaks around here it seems like. A steering box went out on the car, which took me an entire day to install in 20 degree weather. Now we’ll see what happens next.
I just heard that northern California is getting inundated with rain, as in several inches all at once. We were warned a huge storm was moving our way which is going to dump a lot of rain on top of the snow and ice we’ve got. My concern is roof carry loads and a house collapse. My roof is pretty strong, but there was about 4″ of ice on it with another 12″ of snow on top of that. Add a rain storm to the snow load, which turns into a sponge and there is potential for serious problems. It’s really no wonder my outbuildings collapsed. I just didn’t realize how fast the snow and ice load had built up, and it rained most of the night.
Live and learn as they say.
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