|Shoveling on the roof of Sundve School in Vossestrand. It was 1.6 meters of snow on the roof this morning. PHOTO: Rune Sævig|
January 17, 2015 - NORWAY - Some buildings in Voss have collapsed under the weight and several municipal buildings are in danger of collapsing.
On Tuesday, civil defense authorities asked for assistance in shoveling massive amounts of snow from roofs on municipal buildings.
As if 1,000 cars on the roof
According officials, the Vossestrand omsorgstun, which has a roof surface of 2,500 square meters, was covered by a half to two meters deep snow.
"Our calculations show that it is 400 kilograms per square meter of snow. It is as if we were placed 1,000 cars onto this roof," said operations Eivind Hovden in civil defense.
|WORK HARD: The snow on this roof weighed about as much as 1,000 cars, according to Civil Defense. Pictured is clear snow Tuesday. PHOTO: Civil Defence|
|Shoveling on the roof of Sundve Skule Vossestrand. The custodians Arvid Indent (front) and Jan Neset (rear). PHOTO: Rune Sævig|
There is so much weight that you have trouble opening doors and windows. There is immense power, he adds.
Believes it is a snørekord (snow record)Snow plow driver Magnar says Jordalen Voss Municipality has never experienced so much snow before. On Wednesday morning the snow measured 2.45 meters, and still continues to snow.
"I've talked to people who are older than me, and they have never seen so much snow before Christmas as they saw this year," says Naas.
WATCH: Record snowfall in Norway.
More snow on the wayVossings can expect more snow throughout the day Wednesday, said meteorologist Trond Thorsteinssontern.
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