Building problems mount in Flagstaff; Roof falls in at ice rink

2010-01-22T12:30:00Z Building problems mount in Flagstaff; Roof falls in at ice rinkDaily Sun staff Arizona Daily Sun
January 22, 2010 12:30 pm  • 

A portion of the roof collapsed at Jay Lively ice rink and recreation center sometime overnight, fire officials believe. A passerby first noticed water gushing out of the building this morning and notified city officials.

Firefighters waded through knee-deep water from the sprinkler system as they inspected the ice rink. Portions of the roof were sagging and may still yet collapse.

The Flagstaff Fire Department has spent the morning inspecting many commercial buildings with flat roofs for warnings of possible collapse, and ordering flat-roofed commercial buildings to clear their roofs.

So far, roof collapses have been reported at Bookman's, Little Caeser's Pizza and Jo-Ann fabric store. Problems were also reported at Dillard's, the westside Home Depot, Circle K on Milton, the Department of Economic Security on Fourth Street.

"We have 3 collapses and many more sagging roofs," wrote City Manager Kevin Burke. "New collapses now include back of the old Planet Nissan. Sagging roofs include CVS on 66, Safeway on Cedar and a bunch of others in that complex. The Hastings complex has also been shut down pending roof clearing."

There have been roof leak problems CVS Pharmacy complex but that's all, said Kent Carter, who manages the property. Carter said he had crews clearing snow off the roof earlier in the week.

Gov. Jan Brewer and the city of Flagstaff have declared emergencies as a result of the storms.


The Arizona National Guard has sent 19 personnel and six vehicles to assist with transportation and storm recovery, stationed in Camp Navajo.

Those detailed here had yet to receive their assignments as of Friday morning.


The National Weather Service in Bellemont is predicting:

— 5 to 9 more inches of snow today for Flagstaff; 5 to 9 more inches of snow tonight, and 1 to 3 more inches of snow for Saturday morning, with some chance of snow Saturday night.

That's a total of 11 to 21 more inches forecast, in all.

The next chances for snow after Saturday come Tuesday.

Wind will be out of the southwest, at 15 to 25 mph, blowing snow.


Interstates 40 and 17 are closed.

Interstate 40 is closed from near Kingman to near Winslow. It may be tomorrow before it is opened.

Interstate 17 is closed south to the turn-off to Sedona.

Flooding has been a difficulty in clearing roads, said Rod Wigman, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Transportation.

"We're going to try to get something done by tomorrow morning," he said.

"Additional snow plows from adjacent districts are also helping the Flagstaff plowing crews," Wigman wrote in an email. "We do not have a firm time to open either interstate, but we are setting a goal of this afternoon sometime." 

State Route 89A will remain closed through the day into Saturday. Rock falls are still creating clearing problems for crews.


The following had lost power as of Friday morning: Arizona Snowbowl; Mormon Lake and Mormon Mountain (430 units affected); West Route 66 near Woody Mountain Road (108 units affected); Mount Elden Towers (31 units affected); Blue Ridge (367 units affected).

Power was expected to be restored today, in most cases near Flagstaff.

Power was reportedly out in Cheshire, affecting 1,754 customers.


In an attempt to clear roadways and allow plows access, eight cars were towed in Flagstaff last night. It would have been more, but the truck towing the cars slid into a ditch.

Sun reporters Joe Ferguson and Larry Hendricks contributed to this report.

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(6) Comments

  1. Raptoraddict
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    Raptoraddict - January 25, 2010 12:32 pm
    I cleared my sidewalk, thank you very much. What I want to know is why NOONE thought that 54" of wet snow on this FLAT ROOFED multimillion dollar project might need to be cleared off. Yes, we are all tired of shoveling snow, but this level of ignorance borders on criminal. How many years did it take to finance the construction of that rink,and now it is all ruined for the lack of any common sense. What a complete and utter nonsense. The blind leading the stupid!
  2. markypolo
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    markypolo - January 24, 2010 10:09 am
    It NEVER snows in Flagstaff?? This seems to be the attitude of our Flagstaff "Building and Safety" department. Who approves these "unsafe" buildings?? Let me tell you this. It is not that difficult to build a roof to hold 8 feet of snow( eight feet, you read right). It is called, "Be Smart". Not cheap and stupid. The city manager is a FOOL if he or she thinks people will get up on a 5,000 to 10,000 square foot 'flat' roof to shovel snow. Lets be REAL!! Put Safety in the Building Code!!
  3. marley_dif
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    marley_dif - January 23, 2010 9:54 pm
    What the citizens of flagstaff don't understand is that there are a limited amount of city workers working 12 to 16 hours a day shoveling roofs, sidewalks, recreation centers and other city properties. All the while, worried about pay cuts, layoffs, and limited overtime pay. So if the citizens of Flagstaff would like to voulenteer their assistance to these exhausted, sore, underappreciated crews who haven't seen their families in a week, WELCOME! And clean your own sidewalks before you comment!
  4. melstrails
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    melstrails - January 23, 2010 9:01 am
    hmm. And the City of Flagstaff was mandating the removal of snow on flat rooves of businesses. Wha't wrong with this picture???? The City has so much extra revenue to make these type of mistakes, right????? WHO IS IN CHARGE?????
  5. benny6
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    benny6 - January 22, 2010 1:43 pm
    Get a metal snow scoop to clear off the snow from the roof. They work awesome.
  6. benny6
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    benny6 - January 22, 2010 1:01 pm
    To get snow off of roofs the best thing to use is a silver bear snow scoop. Its much faster and easier then a shovel.
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