Water Damaged Buildings
One of the hardest hit businesses in Rapid City, Knecht Lumber and Home Supply where a large section of the roof fell in. Today we went inside to see what happens when the roof falls in and one million gallons of water fills a hardware store.
"We lost about a 40-60 foot section of roof on Saturday night."
Standing inside Knecht Home Supply Store in Rapid City, the problem is easy to see. A massive hole where the east roof gave way….under the weight of tons of wet and heavy snow.
"We had a six inch sprinkler main that ruptured and dumped about a million gallons of water on the floor."
For store management at Knecht Home Supply Center….the alert came early Saturday morning….what they found when they arrived…a store flooded with water.
"We estimated it ran for about three hours before anyone noticed it. When I got here Saturday night there was still twelve inches of water on the floor."
As Rapid City Firefighters respond first to a fire alarm, what they find is a locked store rapidly filling with water, an estimated one million gallons of water pouring from a ruptured line in the store's sprinkler system.
"When we opened the doors we had compressors floating by and all kinds of equipment, in my office in the back I have paint cans that floated back there."
As crews still work to dry out the store…damage to inventory estimated at 100-thousand dollars. Damage to the building still to be calculated.
Construction crews are working rapidly, using a crane to remove the old roof, and put the new roof on. Hoping to get the store back open by the end of the month.
"With any luck we'll have the old roof taken out of here, this collapsed part of the roof out of here in a couple of days and then start applying the new roof and hopefully be enclosed in a couple of weeks."
And of course this isn't the only building to suffer catastrophic storm damage. Sturgis Williams Middle School is still closed because of severe damage there and the Spearfish Walmart...yes, that Spearfish Walmart suffers damage to the roof similar to what happened back in 2009.