Skip to comments.Cordova out of shovels as snow tops 15 feet
Posted on 01/11/2012 5:51:58 AM PST by thackney
An Alaska community blitzed by nearly 15 feet of snow was hit by another storm Tuesday and a new problem -- a shortage of shovels.
A spokesman for the city of Cordova said officials had tried Anchorage, Fairbanks and other cities and finally turned to a manufacturer for a special order.
"It's ironic, isn't it? The state of Alaska -- you'd think they'd be ahead of the game. It's those logistical things you just don't plan on, or you don't think is going to be an issue," said Allen Marquette by phone from the city on the east side of Prince William Sound.
The snow-weary city of 2,200 was promised new shovels to be manufactured Thursday and delivered two days later -- but it will be too late for the "couple more feet" of snow that touched down Tuesday, accompanied by winds of 25 to 40 mph and gusts to 55.
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Picture in the Summer:
As seen today:
weight of snow collapse roof before it gets shoveled off:
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A shovel for 15 ft of snow? Might as well use a teaspoon.
A friend of mine’s parents are from there. They just say “oh a little snow it will melt”. Wow can’t even imagine.
On a metal roof it does not take much to slide snow. It is downhill, and the surface is smooth.
But when the snow pile matches the eve height, and the snow keeps coming....
That’s why two story houses with a door to the porch were invented.
Their office was on the second floor.
TABLE 7-1 GROUND SNOW LOADS, pg, FOR ALASKAN LOCATIONS
Town lb/ft2 (kN/m2 ) Cordova 100 (4.8)
18 ft. of snow is way over the design standards for the structures. Who would have ever thought they would get 18 ft. of snow? Hence the problem. It also depends on how wet the snow actually is.
Correct. That is another angle.
And snow blowers simply do not throw snot that high either.
After a ridiculous amount of wasted time, figures of density calcs and such, the Process Chief, who had been silent this whole time, spoke up and said the current snow load on his roof was exactly XX.X lbs/sq ft and he wasn't concerned (less than half of what should have been close to a limit).
We turned to him and said how do you know that?
He said yesterday he used a shovel, cut off 6” x 6” of snow, put it into a bucket and weighed it.
Sometimes engineers just make it hard. It's our nature.
If it rains and the snow gets wet before they get it off their roofs.....
To paraphrase crack-user, former “Mayor for Life” Marion Barry when confronted with why he was in the Virgin Islands “on official business” when WDC had an extreme snowstorm and the city was paralyzed “It’ll melt”.
How do they get their solar panels to work with all that snow on their roofs?
Yes, direct vs indirect measurement.
Shortest path is best, and generally more accurate.
Ha, doesn’t seem just like a lefty reporter to complain about people not having snow shovels; I can see this guy has never shoveled any snow. I bet we have a dozen broken snow shovel handles laying around, we just use them as stakes in the garden and buy a few more 40 dollar ones at AIH every fall when in town.
I believe that inspiration came from the invention of the two story outhouse.
Now that I think about it, I'd hate to be the first one to use the lower level once the snow had receded. Or the second, the third, etc...
During winter in Alaska, with just a few hours of indirect sunlight, assuming no mountains to the south, a few feet of snow doesn’t make much difference.