Roofs Collapse Under Weight of Snow

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STATELINE (WIFR) – Heavy snow has caused two local structures to collapse this week and now the incoming rain could create even bigger problems for the buildings’ owners.
It’ll be a few days before workers at the Salvation Army in Freeport can move everything out, after part of their roof collapsed at the Lincoln Mall.

Crews are starting to repair parts of the building. Mall manager Joan Welt says there was too much snow on the roof when a part of it collapsed, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. The mall is still open, however the part that housed the Salvation Army will remain blocked off and closed until Crews say it is safe enough for workers to move everything out. Welt says despite the setback, she’s ready to bring a new mall for the community.

“The weather is going to be our main issue but we're going to try to tackle it and try to do the best we can but the positive thing is nobody got hurt and we're pleased that we're able to move forward."

Welt says the Salvation was planning on moving out of the space soon because their lease was up in March. She says crews hope to have the roof fixed in the next few weeks.
We’re told Welt was planning on remodeling the space soon, claiming she’s in talks with several potential tenants to move in, including a few local vendors and a small department store.

The heavy snow is affecting buildings across the Stateline.

And heavy snow caused a section of Belvidere resident Vince Melillo’s barn to collapse this week on Fern Hill Road, leaving the newly rebuilt section still up. After building materials are able to come in, he expects to have it rebuilt within a two-week period. All of his horses survived the collapse.

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