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Building collapses under weight of snow


WEST CONCORD, Minn. (KTTC) -- The weight of Thursday's snowfall also took its toll on a business in West Concord.

At least half of an auto shop's roof caved in under the weight of the snow. No one was in the building at the time of the collapse, and on one was injured.

Late-season snowfall usually has a high moisture content-- and the higher the content, the heavier the snow is. And that's what caused so many issues with Thursday's snow.

Southeastern Minnesota residents are used to hearing the sound of chainsaws in May, clearing up storm debris-- but that debris is usually from spring thunderstorms, not spring snowstorms.

Even though the snow has tapered off from where it was Thursday, there are still some issues that are ongoing. That being the heavy wet snow on trees, power, lines and roofs.

Authorities say, if at all possible, try your best to knock off the snow from the tree limbs, or possibly your roof.

Any little bit will help elevate the stress that those objects would be feeling.

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