WOBURN (CBS) – A Target store in Woburn reopened Sunday, a day after shoppers were evacuated due to concerns about the structural integrity of the store’s roof.

An army of 130 workers equipped with shovels got up on the roof to help clear the heavy packs of snow. A crane was later called in because there was just so much of it.

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports.

The crews worked to get the store open Sunday, but first made sure everything was safe.

“Not so much a problem, just more of an awareness of the amount of snow we had recently. As you can tell, we had a lot of snow over the last couple weeks. So, we just took some precautionary measures to make sure our guests and team members are absolutely safe,” said Ed Grimes, a Target employee. “I’ve been here now about 12 years, and this is the worst I’ve seen it.”

Once on the ground, snow was then dumped into a large snow melter.

Comments (6)
  1. emom says:

    Why is it any building owner with a flat roof, takes for granted that the roof will hold up to the increasing weight of wet heavy snow. I have always heard over the years if you have a flat portion of roof CLEAR IT OFF.. dont wait, especially after 5 storms. reguardless of any melting.. just CLEAR IT OFF… WHY HAVE BUSINESS OWNERS OT HEADED THIS WARNING SOONER… WHERE THEY PLAYING GOD WITH PEOPLES LIVES, WHEN WILL SOME NOT LEARN…

  2. StanleyRamon says:

    Let’s do some math. If 12 inches of snow is equivalent to 1 inch of water, which weighs 5 lbs. per sq. ft., then 4 ft. of snow weighs 20 lbs. per sq. ft. If you consider that the entire roof probably doesn’t have 4 ft. of snow on it, plus add in that the snow may be wet, I would say on average the flat roofs of large stores such as Target (this past week) have about 30 lbs. per sq. ft. weight on them, averaged out. Since this is New England, I would think a well constructed, properly designed building should be able to handle at least 35 to 40 lbs. per sq. ft.
    Now if you consider that 130 men weighing about 180 lbs. each add a total weight factor to the roof of almost 12 tons, it might make one reconsider the effort. Not to mention the cost of 3 cranes (on a Sunday) plus that manpower all day, we’re talking tens of thousands of dollars.
    I say, send a couple of roofers up to clear around drains, spread some ice melt, and clear critical areas, and let the snow melt off. Even if the store is closed for a couple of days while the snow melts, we’re probably talking about thousands of dollars versus tens of thousands.
    The roofs that have collapsed, have collapsed because they were altered improperly, or not designed for this part of the country.

    1. Semothy says:

      Because they’ll lose more money in sales if they don’t open asap…don’t underestimate the amount of sales this store makes on a Sunday, not to mention the employees they have to pay to wait for the store to reopen and think of the disappointed customers who decide not to return because they think the place may still be closed…etc etc…gotta keep the business flowing!

  3. CPB says:

    Actually I work in Woburn and went to go to target on Friday and it was not open, they did not pay to have to have the cranes there on a sunday. the store was opened on sunday, the cranes were there on Friday….

  4. emom says:

    Oh please then explain the sudden drop in the ceilings , the leakes, the more than usual leaks,,, I very rarely see a roof leak in the winter let along the bad rainy season on roofs, If the roof is not maintained sure it will leak,, the rubber can have cracks and break open.. but a brand new building should hardly have a roof issue,,, oh but its happening… so still wonder why business owners just dont take precations in the fact that with all the roofs that are flat why not just simply clear the weight of snow, ice and water off in the first place,… fools they are.

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