|Above, Grand Teton National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
This has been one rainy and snowy winter in the U.S. Heavy snow has caused the collapse of a porch roof at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
According to a press release posted by East Idaho News:
MOOSE, Wyoming — A heavy snow load appears to have caused the collapse of the front porch roof on the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center in Grand Teton National Park. The collapsed roof was discovered mid-morning Thursday, March 23, 2017. The seasonally-used building is closed each winter from late September through late May and was unoccupied at the time of the porch roof collapse. The main building structure and its contents appear to be undamaged upon initial evaluation.
The collapsed porch roof was discovered by two park maintenance employees conducting a routine wintertime building check. Maintenance crews have been busy this winter clearing large amounts of snow off park buildings. Area measurements show the current snow water equivalent is around 150 percent of median, and recent rain and warm temperatures may have contributed to the weight of the snow on the roof.
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