So I’ve been going on and on about how much I love the snow, but I want to share what it’s like now, too, that we’ve warmed up a little.
This is just one of many roofs in town that have fallen in. A vacant grocery store, it’s going to be an even harder sell now. When the water gets into the building and walls the threat of mold is very real. I drove by this 15 minutes after it happened, so sad. We also had a gym roof collapse on an old school, no one hurt, which prompted the closure of our schools for a few more days while the snow was cleared off all the schools and structural engineers went in to assess the safety.
This was a normal road 2 days ago – standing water, and no way to get around it. Grateful for 4WD, a must here. The slush in our neighborhood was 12″ deep and I got stuck twice.
You’re supposed to take water this deep slowly, but all 3 of the trucks ahead of me took it fast – I missed the pic of the last truck enveloped in water and barely visible. I took it slow and up on the left curb.
This road was the only one in town this good! Heaven to drive on it. Note the right side near the wall= there should be a sidewalk there. Our city code is that homeowners and businesses clear their own w/in 24 hours of a snow, but this area never got cleared and students were walking to school on the road many times. Sad, but our city budget is like everywhere else, stretched, and homeowners have been overwhelmed with getting snow off their roofs, fixing frozen pipes, commuting to work with some roads closed – it’s been a busy couple of days.
Up close slush that I worked in for an hour to clear out a sign on a listing I have – great boots for this season – I was dry and warm. So it’s not all sunshine in Bend right now, but I wouldn’t live anywhere else!