Weather recovery as storm continues
When half the roof peeled off Carson-Tahoe Harley Davidson Saturday, the staff knew there would be a lot of work ahead cleaning up the mess.
But no one was expecting volunteers to show up to help with the dirty work.
“This community is so supportive and so great,” Kim Tun, public relations director for the motorcycle and accessories store on North Carson Street said Monday. “These people volunteering to come in and help us clean up – it’s terrific.”
She said the volunteers were customers with whom the store’s staff had established a rapport since its July opening. About 10 people had shown up Monday to help, with others expected after they got off work, she said.
Help even came from a downtown restaurant.
“B’Sghetti’s brought in food to help our volunteers,” Tun said.
The store, which covers about 33,000 square feet, lost about half its roof Saturday as high winds drove rain through Carson City. The showroom and the parts and accessories area at the front of the store were hit the worst, Tun said.
Monday, plastic sheeting covered the damaged portions and the effort was focused on removing the soaked ceiling tiles and debris that had fallen.
“We can’t repair the roof yet, because it’s still raining,” Tun said.
Repairs also are pending at the Ormsby House, where the winds lifted a section of roof off the boiler room over the V&T Coffee Shop.
“We’re very fortunate no one was injured,” Ormsby House General Manager Bob Cashell said.
Carson Street was closed from Musser Street to the casino for a period Saturday afternoon and evening because debris from the roof that had blown into the street.
Some water continues to leak into the coffee shop, so portions of it were still closed off Monday. Cashell said repairs to the roof will not be completed until Thursday, so sheet plastic is serving as roofing for now.
“What bothers me is we’ll probably get the snow,” Cashell said, referring to the weather forecast of several inches of snow likely to fall on the valley floor Monday night.
The National Weather Service posted a winter storm watch for the Reno-Carson City area throughout today. The weather service said 3-6 inches could fall above 5,000 feet and 1-3 inches on the valley floors by morning as cold air behind the storm front moves into the region.
A winter storm warning remained in effect for the Lake Tahoe region, where additional snow accumulations of up to 4 feet accompanied by winds gusting to 80 mph over the ridgetops were anticipated above the 7,000-foot level.
Additional accumulations of more than a foot were predicted for below 7,000 feet.
The U.S. Forest Service issued an avalanche warning Monday for the Sierras, while Washoe County issued one for the Crystal Bay Hill area.
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