Roof collapses in Peters Creek

Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 12:11
CVFD: Home was unoccupied when the roof caved in Wednesday evening
No injuries were reported from a roof collapse in Peters Creek on Wednesday, March 14.

Heavy snow caused a roof collapse in Peters Creek on Wednesday, March 14.

According to Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Jeff Hartley, the collapse occurred around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at the corner of Tundra Rose Avenue and Four Wheel Drive. Hartley said the house was up for sale and unoccupied at the time.

“The owner had moved out several months ago,” Hartley said.

The entire southern half of the home was destroyed in the collapse. 

Hartley said the home was built in the 1960s. He said the collapse was caused by this winter’s unusually large snow load.

“I got up on my roof the other day and had two feet of heavy, hard-packed snow,” he said.

Hartley said there have been numerous roof collapses and structural failures around Southcentral in recent weeks due to this winter’s heavy snowfall.

One of the departmetnt’s own stations, Station 35 in Eagle River, was closed by the Municipality of Anchorage recently due to the danger of a roof collapse from heavy snow.

According to forecaster Dave Stricklan with the National Weather Service, one volunteer observer in Eagle River had recorded 121.4 inches of snowfall through February.  

Historical records don’t go back more than a decade in Eagle River, but it’s safe to say the area is having one of its snowiest winters on record. As of Thursday, March 15, Stricklan said Anchorage had received 129.6 inches of snow — just 3.2 inches shy of the record 132.8 inches set in 1954-55.

CVFD’s Jeff Hartley said homeowners worried about all that snow would be wise to err on the side of caution.

“I wouldn’t take any chances,” Hartley said. “I would definitely recommend to people to get up there and start shoveling their roof.”

Contact Matt Tunseth at 694-2727 or [email protected]

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