Buildings collapse to rubble under relentless snow loads

At the Malheur County Fairgrounds, a jumble of siding, roofing and lumber is evidence of the power of the snow load. Fair supporters are raising money to help rebuild after the collapse of Girvin Hall

By Scotta Callister and Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

WILLOWCREEK – The ritual of morning coffee and conversation at the Willowcreek Store and Café came to an abrupt halt last week, when a portion of the roof caved to the weight of recent snows.

Owner Robin Hutson said she and her husband, Walt, went into the store early on the morning of Jan. 11 to open up for the day and discovered the damage. A furnace unit was sagging onto some shelves, and a vent had come loose.

Light of day revealed the roof was clearly in trouble . . .