Remember that old TV show, Have Gun, Will Travel? Well, how about a reality TV show called Have Snow? We’ll Shovel! Well, there’s no such show in production but that is the kind of service Bob Walker of Revelstoke Tree Care is offering as the City and other building owners try to remove snow from over-loaded roofs.
In the past couple of weeks, Walker and his crew of up to 12 men and women have cleared snow off the roof of the historic Court House, the RCMP detachment, the Red Maple condos on Front Street, the Forum, Selkirk Gardens and now the Visual Arts Centre, which had closed its doors to members and users because of roof-related safety concerns.
“It’ll take us a couple of days to clear,” Walker said as he surveyed the expanse of deep, compacted snow on top of The Centre.
Walker is not alone in trying to clear snow from the tops of buildings with large, flat roofs as well as houses across town. Workers this week have been busy clearing snow from the tops of the Community and Aquatic Centre, the Royal LePage building at Second Street East and Mackenzie as well as the Fire Hall. Homeowners, too, have been pushing snow off their roofs. There have been about 10 roof collapses around town in the past month. Most have been carport collapses, but some have been industrial, too. A shed, built in 1995, collapsed at Downie Street Sawmills last weekend and part of the Bottle Depot collapsed last week, too. So far, no one has been injured by any of these events.
Here are photos of the various snow-clearance efforts underway around town, beginning with Walker’s own work at the Visual Arts Centre: