Melting Causes Damage, Swamps Construction Teams with Calls

Updated: 03/11/2014 6:36 PM
Created: 03/11/2014 4:10 PM
By: Brandi Powell

Warmer temperatures are causing problems at Trinity First Lutheran School, and creating a huge work load for local construction companies.

Volunteers were scrambling to clear the roof of the Minneapolis private school Tuesday. Inside the school, they're doing their best to get the water out.

Sass Construction of Chanhassen was called in to see what could be done about the leaking and flooding.

In order to help get rid of the moisture, they've got dehumidifiers working, but the big question is when will the school be dry enough to get kids back in class. "It's not safe for kids to be in here, we have students' lockers right over here, they couldn't get to those," said Trinity First Lutheran School teacher Julie Mann.

School was canceled Tuesday and will be for Wednesday. The principal is planning to re-open the school on Thursday.

A local repair team is helping the construction crew, and staff at other buildings and shops around town are considering long-term fixes.

The melting problems are causing Sass' phones to ring off the hook.

"Especially in the last 48 hours we've had some giant icicles going through roofs, we've had small creeks coming off of people's embankments on the sides of their house just because of the increase in snow and ice melting," said Dorian Thompson, Operations Manager with Sass Construction.

Sass Construction says often times redoing roofs and floors for commercial buildings can cost anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 or more. It all depends on the size of the building, which materials are used, and the scope of the damage.

Trinity First Lutheran School's principal says finding a company to come out and assess damage is rough during a warm melt like this because they're swamped with calls just like hers.

The thaw is testing other metro buildings, too. The roof of the St. Louis Park Post Office had leaking problems of its own.


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