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Renwick buildings damaged in snowstorm

The west shop area of Renwick Motors was destroyed early Thursday afternoon, May 2, after the roof collapsed from the weight of nearly 10 inches of snow. The showroom/office area (right) reported damage to three rafters. Humboldt Independent photo.

A freak May snowstorm that dumped between 6-10 inches of wet, heavy snow to Humboldt County last week, caused damage to buildings in the area, including a business in Renwick and the city maintenance shed there.
The shop area of Renwick Motors, at the corner of York Avenue and Main Street collapsed because of the weight of the heavy, unseasonable precipitation.
“It happened to blow and stuck a lot of snow on the south side of the roof. It just had a domino affect with the rafters and took the whole shop area,” said Julie Eekhoff, who along with husband, Ron, has operated the Ford dealership since 1975.
She is not sure what is next for the longtime Renwick business. Three rafters in the showroom area are showing damage but the couple are waiting for an engineer’s report about any further structural damage.
Renwick’s truck maintenance shed on Kelling Street was destroyed when the roof collapsed.
City Superintendent Bruce Borchers reported that he came in to move snow at 4 a.m. Thursday morning, May 2, only to find that a large section of the roof on the metal building had collapsed.
“We were real fortunate in the fact that we had been doing some painting inside and had our big dump truck and plow, and our loader tractor outside. Normally, everything is in that building,” Borchers said.
For more news and photos of last week's rare winter weather in May, get a copy of this week's Humboldt Independent, now available in both print and digital formats.