Heavy snow, blizzard conditions cause multiple roof collapses

A cattle barn, steel business and covered bridge all had roof collapses.
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A 150-year-old covered bridge in Zumbrota had its roof cave in on Sunday morning. 

High winds coupled with the weight of very heavy snow resulted in the collapse of a historic covered bridge in Minnesota over the weekend. 

Bradley Drenckhahn, the mayor of Zumbrota, announced on Facebook early Sunday morning that part of the 150-year-old Zumbrota Covered Bridge roof had collapsed.

Within a couple of hours of his announcement the entire roof caved in. 

"The bridge still stands and the initial plan is to get the roof off to save the sides," Drenckhahn said Monday.

"Engineers are on the way when travel becomes safe. I am grateful for everyone that went out of the way yesterday for someone else and proud of the way our town will be remembered by our unintentional guests."

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Zumbrota Covered Bridge, built in 1869, is the only remaining covered timber truss bridge in Minnesota. It serves as a pedestrian crossing over the Zumbrota River. 

It was one of many incidences of collapsed roofs in the Upper Midwest over the weekend.

Further south, in Dodge Center, Minnesota, part of the roof at McNeilus Steel collapsed under the weight of heavy snow. 

A spokesperson for the steel company told Bring Me The News that it was a "small roof collapse" that they attribute to "snow load." 

Near the village of Clear Lake in Polk County, Wisconsin, which is south of Turtle Lake or about 80 miles northeast of Minneapolis, a cattle barn collapsed during the storm.

It's unclear how many cattle were inside or if any were injured. 

Eight to 13 inches of heavy, wet snow fell in the afflicted areas late Saturday night into Sunday morning, which was followed by a full day of 40-50 mph wind gusts. 

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