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Shed collapses at Litchfield public works facility

Union Leader Correspondent

February 10. 2015 2:16PM

Jack Pinciaro, Litchfield road agent, assesses the damage in a collapsed shed at the town’s public works facility on Tuesday. (Kimberly Houghton/Union Leader Correspondent)

LITCHFIELD — A galvanized steel shed collapsed early Tuesday morning with four town-owned plow trucks inside.

“The building is a total loss, but luckily no one was hurt and the trucks were not damaged,” said Road Agent Jack Pinciaro.

Pinciaro said he left the public works garage about 3 a.m. Tuesday after working a 42-hour shift during the latest storm. The shed, on Incinerator Way behind the recycling facility, was still standing when Pinciaro left. Employees arriving a few hours later found the shed had collapsed.

“This building has been here for about five years without any problems,” said Pinciaro, noting a similar shed was still standing.

Heavy snow and wind was simply too much for the shed, he said. It took crews several hours to remove the equipment Tuesday.

The trucks will now be stored outside, according to Pinciaro, until more permanent housing is found.

“This winter is way worse than last year, and I thought last year was bad,” he said.

During the last storm, the town used the remainder of its salt supply.

Monday night, town employees only had enough salt to lay on the primary roads.Sand was used on secondary roads.

An alert to residents urged caution. The school district cancelled classes Tuesday due to road conditions.

Pinciaro said he received his last load of salt on Feb. 2, and has been calling the salt company every morning in an attempt to obtain more.

He said he was able to receive one load of an expensive salt-sand combination, but said the town’s snow removal budget is now empty.

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