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UER Forum > US: Four Corners > Heavy Snowpack (Viewed 617 times)
The Weekend Warriors 


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Heavy Snowpack
< on 3/14/2019 8:25 PM >
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Haven't posted in some time and wanted thoughts on this years heavy snow in Colorado. Does anybody think that the higher than normal volume of winter weather might have negative effects on potential abandonments, (Collapsed roofs, floods in spring, etc.) Just a curious thought since I've been caged up this winter, I'm really looking forward to a good summer of exploring but am concerned if places are going to survive.

Feedback is always welcomed, I apologize in my recent in-activity, been between jobs. (Banking to Title Work really takes the fun out of things since I don't have regular access to a computer anymore)

Anyhow I'm hoping that this is our last big winter storm and things will free-up in time for some fun spring explorations. Thanks from The Warriors Team.




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Re: Heavy Snowpack
< Reply # 1 on 3/15/2019 2:23 AM >
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Some places have collapses, like Packard a few months ago, but they mostly stand it. Think of all the wear they've already been through, a little snowstorm would only make it wear more but probably not collapse.




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Re: Heavy Snowpack
< Reply # 2 on 3/15/2019 7:57 PM >
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Some places have collapses, like Packard a few months ago, but they mostly stand it. Think of all the wear they've already been through, a little snowstorm would only make it wear more but probably not collapse.


True, some places are built to withstand the test of time, but others such as old mining camps always worry me a bit. Here in Colorado I've found it to be slim pickings for good abandonments, or at least where I'm located, so mining reminisce and high alpine ghost towns are accustom for me.

But they're still standing after many years of exposure so I bet they'll last for many more to come like you say.




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Re: Heavy Snowpack
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An abandoned canning plant here in the midwest collapsed a couple weeks back under the weight of a heavy snowstorm, so it's not unheard of. That being said, the building was in really bad shape already, so if it hadn't been the snow I'm sure it would have been something else.

Basically just stay off sketchy rooftops when they're covered in snow and use a little extra caution when judging structural integrity.




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Re: Heavy Snowpack
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There's a few places that I'd be concerned about - some of the wooden structures in Gilman, or the Montgomery gold mill for example. I guess we'll have to wait for the thaw to see if they survive.




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Re: Heavy Snowpack
< Reply # 5 on 3/29/2019 8:46 PM >
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An abandoned canning plant here in the midwest collapsed a couple weeks back under the weight of a heavy snowstorm, so it's not unheard of. That being said, the building was in really bad shape already, so if it hadn't been the snow I'm sure it would have been something else.

Basically just stay off sketchy rooftops when they're covered in snow and use a little extra caution when judging structural integrity.


Thanks for the advise, me and my team usually size the place up before entering. But I wholeheartedly agree. If it's masked by snow who knows what might be lurking below.




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Re: Heavy Snowpack
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There's a few places that I'd be concerned about - some of the wooden structures in Gilman, or the Montgomery gold mill for example. I guess we'll have to wait for the thaw to see if they survive.


Exactly one of the places I plan on returning to this spring after the thaw. But my fingers are crossed that all the good spots remain standing after this harsh winter. Luckily it appears like things are finally calming down, at least out here on the western slope anyway.




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Re: Heavy Snowpack
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Depending on where the location is, the amount of snowfall, and what design the building is and what condition it is in, excessive snowfall could certainly cause collapses. Especially if it is an exceedingly run-down location or the roof is flat on the structure. Also, run off from large snowfalls can certainly cause flooding, especially if it gets suddenly warm while large amounts of snow are present on the ground. I remember back in 2013 there were huge floods in Colorado (I mean HUGE, I made a makeshift boat and paddled around a lower lying intersection near my house) there are an estimated 8 deaths from it and, and despite it starting in summer the winter helped prolong it and flooding lasted through 2014's winter.




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