Storm damages Market House

July 28, 2010 —

The Market House in Hudson is open for business again after a thunderstorm collapsed a part of the roof Thursday evening.

No one was injured when a thirty-foot square section of the roof collapsed shortly after seven PM, Market House Manager Tim Sallows said. He indicated that an immense amount of rainwater in a short period appears to have simply overwhelmed that portion of the roof.

The part of the building that collapsed was over an employee-only work area that was unoccupied at the time. “If it had to happen,” Sallows said, “It picked the best place it could to happen.

Sallows said there was no leaking or warning of the oncoming cave-in. “It just collapsed,” he said. The store was evacuated fearing further collapse, which didn’t happen. However, there was a large amount of rainwater that crashed into the building, soaking things down and resulting in the need for a major clean-up. The mess was made worse in that the collapse also took out water, liquid coolant and freon lines in that part of the building.

“Fortunately we had little food loss,” Sallows said. “We have a big thanks to Bob Evans Farms of Hillsdale for providing a couple of refrigerator trucks.”

Hudson firefighters were on the scene to assist shortly after the collapse.

By noon the next day workers were able to wall off the part of the building that had collapsed, and clean up the mess to the point where the store could re-open, while workers began to repair the roof of the bulding, a project that’s still going on.”

We’re back to business as usual,” Sallows said that afternoon.

Sallows also offered thanks to Claude Rowley, Braman Roofing and to other workers that helped pitch in to clean up after the disaster.

The storm was part of a system that moved through the county early Thursday evening. The National Weather Service reported 2.11 inches of rain was measured in Hudson as of 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Some local rain gauges registered over four inches following the storm. A tornado warning was issued for the county just before 6 p.m. after radar indicated a storm capable of producing a tornado entering the county from the west. The warning expired at 7 p.m.

“The important thing is that no one was injured,” Sallows reiterated.