After spending the weekend shoveling snow and digging out of snowbanks, several store owners in McPherson found themselves with yet another issue Monday morning.
The weight of the snow caused several structures to give or collapse all together.
Randy Hoffman, owner of The Furniture Store of Kansas, found a large pool of water and bowed ceiling beams Monday morning. The water, which not only damaged inventory, caused the 40 to 50-year-old wooden ceiling beams to bow, making the structure unsafe.
“You don't expect to walk into your business and see your ceiling so low that you can stick your head through the ceiling tile and see the rest of your structure,” said Hoffman. “But we feel fortunate that the wood beams are very strong and were able to flex and give some, it's just one of those things.”
Hoffman and his crew began removing furniture from the store room Monday and estimates his inventory loss at $50,00 to $100,000, not including the reconstruction and structural repair costs.
“The entire ceiling has to be replaced, right now, I don't have any idea how much it will cost,” said Hoffman. “There will be lost time claims for the couple of days when the store is closed and with the structural damage, it's to early to tell, but it will be a significant loss.”
Across town USD 418 building and maintenance crews were busy patching a leak in the McPherson Middle School’s roof. USD 418 director of business Chris Ruder said the slushy snow created Saturday and Sunday clogged the roof’s drains and caused the melting snow and water to remain on the roof. The moisture eventually made its way into the building.
Ruder said the district was forced to cancel school at the middle school because food staff was unable to serve lunch.
Damage sustained to Plastic Extrusion Machinery Inc.’s building was less severe but just as visible. The company, which operates out of the former Kit Manufacturing building of Kit Boulevard off east First Street, found its shelter roof damaged and collapsed in many areas. The roof, which was attached to the side of the main building, buckled under the weight of the snow and pulled away from the building, removing strips of siding and leaving holes in the wall of the main structure.
Many downtown businesses with flat roofs used Monday morning to remove snow from the roof to prevent or discontinue leaks resulting from snow and water sitting on the roofs.

Homeowners face damages
Several homeowners have also begun discovering leaks, wet spots and damage as a result of the weekend’s snowstorm.
Phil Havens, American Family Insurance Agent in McPherson, said he has begun receiving calls from homeowners whose homes sustained damage from the storm. Haven said he has had some clients call with leaky roofs and anticipates more calling today and tomorrow with wet basements.
“As all this snow melts it has no where to go but in the ground,” Havens said. “That’s when you begin seeing leaking basements.”
Every home insurance policy is different Havens said but damage resulting from the wind and snow, such as snow blowing under eves and into an attic would be covered under most policies. Water in the basement from saturated ground is often not covered in a home policy and would only be accepted through a flood insurance policy. Damage sustained to additional buildings, such as garages or sheds, are also often covered thought a broad, special form.
Havens advises homeowners who find themselves with storm or water damage to contact their insurance agent as soon as possible after the damage is discovered. Homeowners are urged to document the issue with photographer before anything is moved or repairs are made. Even is homeowners are unsure if a problem is covered by their home policy, Havens said it never hurts to have an adjuster assess the situation.
Havens said homeowners should also use the storm to find areas of their home they can repair, improve or better prepare for snow, wind and rain.
“Homeowners do have some responsibility to prevent damage from occurring,” Havens said