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Homes collapsing under record snowfall in Park City, Utah

Homes collapsing under record snowfall in Park City, Utah

Park City, Utah, has experienced record-breaking snowfall this winter, causing significant damage to homes and buildings. The weight of the snow has caused roofs to collapse, leaving many residents displaced and seeking temporary shelter.

According to local authorities, over numerous homes have been damaged, and several have completely collapsed due to the weight of the snow.

On April 3 alone, the Park City Fire Department (PCFD) responded to 3 structures that collapsed.

Park City officials are currently assessing the damage and working on a plan to address the immediate needs of affected residents. The city is also seeking assistance from state and federal agencies to aid in the recovery efforts.

Residents are advised to take precautions and clear snow from their roofs to prevent further damage. The city has also issued a warning for potential avalanches in the surrounding mountains.

This winter’s snowfall in Park City has surpassed previous records, with over 508 cm (200 inches) of snow so far. The accumulation of snow has also caused power outages and transportation disruptions in the area.

Utah’s snow water equivalent is approaching 73.6 cm (29 inches). At over 200% of normal, it’s the all-time highest level since records began in the 1980s.

References:

1 Homes collapse under record snowfall – KPCW – April 3, 2023

2 PCFD Responds to 3 Structures That Collapsed In One Day – PCFD – April 3, 2023

Featured image credit: Park City Fire Department (PCFD)

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