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Store roof collapses amid heavy rainfall

Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle


The roof of a Home Depot store in Galveston collapsed this morning, presumably because of heavy rainfall, and flooding on island streets made the morning commute difficult. No one was injured in the roof collapse.


Emergency Management Coordinator Elliot Jennings said of the accident at the Home Depot, "Fortunately, no one was injured. There was only a minimal crew in in the building."


The store, located in a new shopping center at 61st Street and Broadway, was not open for business when the collapse occured about 6:30 a.m.


Jennings said the cause of the roof collapse was not yet known.


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Looks like ponding water, for sure. However, it’s interesting that the collapse occurred at the front of the building. A similar roof collapse I was involved in many years ago, at a Wal-Mart store in the Tampa Bay area, was due to ponding at the BACK of the building, where the low point of the roof was (in that case, the contractor had put the through-parapet roof scuppers one CMU course higher than the plans called for).


The Home Depot in Galveston is a tilt-up building with metal roof/roof joists.


We’re at about three times the amount of rainfall about normal at this point in the calendar year in the Houston-Galveston area.