California is struggling with the effects of the snowstorms that have hit the state in recent days. So much snow fell in Crestline that the roof of the only grocery store in the area collapsed under its weight. A state of emergency is in effect in many counties.
California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in 13 counties on Wednesday storm, which passed through the southwestern part of the United States on Tuesday. The violent phenomenon brought with it heavy snowfall, which caused traffic difficulties and power outages. In places, the snow also contributed to severe damage to buildings.
The only store in the area
This happened in Crestline, San Bernardino County. On Wednesday morning, the roof of the Goodwin and Sons supermarket began to deform under the weight of the snow, and the owners decided to temporarily close the store. One of the employees entered the store for a while to take some necessities when he heard disturbing, loud noises. The man fled the building seconds before the roof completely collapsed. 231 centimeters of snow fell in Crestline on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
The destruction of the store was a blow to the local community – it was the only grocery store in Crestline and the snowy roads make it difficult to leave town. At present, food and medicine are delivered to homes by the county administration. Members of the community also collect groceries for those most in need.
“The store closure is just devastating,” a Crestline resident told the Orange County Register. It’s an essential part of our community.
Over two meters of snow
San Bernardino is one of 13 California counties to declare a state of emergency on Wednesday. Snow falling at a rate of five centimeters per hour and gusty winds paralyzed transport in many parts of the state, especially in mountainous areas – even vehicles equipped with chains had problems with movement. To help rescue people trapped in their homes, the state mobilized the National Guard and firefighters. In particularly hard-hit towns, rescuers will go door-to-door offering help.
Snowstorm, strong wind and icy road warnings remain in place for parts of the state on Friday.
Reuters, Orange County Register, LA Times, tvnmeteo.pl
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