Couple of structures collapse under weight of ice, snow from weekend storm in Aroostook

Posted Feb. 27, 2012, at 4:18 p.m.

FORT KENT, Maine — A recent storm that brought nearly 20 inches of snow to the St. John Valley also sent some structures crashing down in its wake Monday.

Public safety officials reported Monday that they had dealt with the collapse of a porch in Fort Kent over the weekend and half of a Quonset hut that was storing potatoes and farm equipment on Monday in Grand Isle. No one was injured in either incident.

Close to 20 inches of snow fell across Aroostook County by Saturday afternoon, the majority of it in the valley.

Police in Fort Kent, which picked up approximately 17 inches from the storm, said Monday that the roof over the porch of a house on West Main Street collapsed because of the weight of snow and ice. The empty rental home is owned by Ben Paradis of Fort Kent, according to police.

On U.S. Route 1, Grand Isle Fire Chief Gary Campbell said that accumulated ice and snow brought down a portion of a Quonset Hut just before 8 a.m.

“The ice and snow that we got over the weekend piled up on it,” he said Monday afternoon. “People need to start shoveling their roofs or hiring someone to do it for them if they are elderly or cannot do it themselves.”

Campbell said that no one was in the structure at the time of the collapse. Information on the owner was not immediately available. The portion of the Quonset hut that collapsed was over a segment that was being used to store potatoes.

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