Heavy snow on roof forces evacuations at Metcalf South - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Heavy snow on roof forces evacuations at Metcalf South Shopping Center

Posted: Updated:
  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • All clear following bomb scare in Jackson County

    All clear following bomb scare in Jackson County

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:49 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:49:45 GMT
    JACKSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - The Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to a bomb threat on their property today.Officials say a mentally unstable man brought two military flares inside his car to the sheriff's parking lot.They say he didn't make any threats and said he wanted to turn the devices over to deputies.As a precaution, deputies moved 30 inmates to another cell block within the jail, away from any potential harm.Patrons at a local business were also evacuated.The joint Carbondale ...
    JACKSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - The Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to a bomb threat on their property today.Officials say a mentally unstable man brought two military flares inside his car to the sheriff's parking lot.They say he didn't make any threats and said he wanted to turn the devices over to deputies.As a precaution, deputies moved 30 inmates to another cell block within the jail, away from any potential harm.Patrons at a local business were also evacuated.The joint Carbondale ...
  • Judge finds Texas abortion rules unconstitutional

    Judge finds Texas abortion rules unconstitutional

    Saturday, August 30 2014 9:23 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:23:21 GMT
    Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than...
    Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen...
  • Man fatally shot while changing tire in St. Louis

    Man fatally shot while changing tire in St. Louis

    Saturday, August 30 2014 8:07 PM EDT2014-08-31 00:07:00 GMT
    St. Louis police are investigating after a man was fatally shot while changing a flat tire near his home.
    St. Louis police are investigating after a man was fatally shot while changing a flat tire near his home.
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Fire crews evacuated a local department store Wednesday because they're worried the roof could come down.

Employees at the Macy's at Metcalf South Shopping Center in Overland Park, KS, called authorities about 10:30 a.m. when managers noticed sagging ceiling tiles. When firefighters arrived, they assessed the situation and decided the safest thing to do was to evacuate.

"It's anywhere from 3 to 4 feet of snow that's on various parts of the roof," said Overland Park Battalion Chief Julie Harper. "

The store's roof drooped to roughly four feet lower than the outer cement walls. Officials said 3 to 4 feet of wet snow was sitting on top of the roof. One firefighter explained that it looked like a bowl and the snow has no way to escape.

Firefighters are looking at one spot in particular and said it is a localized problem. Chopper5 was over the scene Wednesday evening and showed workers on the roof removing snow.

Crews checked the rest of the mall and concluded that only Macy's was affected - no other areas of the shopping center were evacuated.

"Right now, we feel comfortable this is the local issue and not catastrophic," Harper said.

The store called in structural engineers as authorities continue to investigate. The building's maintenance staff, along with the structural engineers, formulated a plan to clear snow from the affected area for further assessment. The store will remain closed until the assessment is completed.

No injuries were reported.

Harper said so much snow piling up is creating stress on roofs across the area.

"If it stays below freezing, there's not much melt so we have snow load on a lot of roofs," Harper said.

Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.

  • Also on KFVS12.comMore>>

  • Tips on accumulated snow on roofs

    Tips on accumulated snow on roofs

    Wednesday, February 27 2013 3:18 PM EST2013-02-27 20:18:30 GMT
    The Overland Park Fire Department offers these tips regarding accumulated snow on roofs: Houses are designed for and built to a 20 pounds per square foot snow loading in Overland Park. Houses built
    The Overland Park Fire Department offers these tips regarding accumulated snow on roofs
Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.