Boot Barn roof collapses under weight of rain

03/26/2014 6:33 AM

03/27/2014 11:06 AM

A storm that rolled over the Northern San Joaquin Valley on Wednesday dropped a half-inch of rain on Modesto, enough to collapse the roof of a Western-wear store.

The roof of the Boot Barn on Plaza Parkway partially collapsed just before 3:30 p.m., likely because of a buildup of water, said Hugo Patino, battalion chief for Modesto Regional Fire Authority. No injuries were reported, but there was major damage to the building.

“There were employees inside the store, but nobody in that general area,” which was in a stockroom, Patino said. There was some damage to the merchandise in the storeroom. “In the showroom, all the water is on the floor,” Patino said.

He said the store likely will have to relocate for a while.

“We’re working with ... property management to try to bring the situation down to where it’s stable,” Patino said.

The squall that dumped the water onto the Boot Barn roof was part of one of the most impressive systems seen in Modesto recently. Most of the rain, nearly a third of an inch, fell from 2 to 3 p.m., according to the Modesto Irrigation District. The system also brought cooler conditions, with highs reaching only into the 60s.

In the days ahead, forecasters call for rain off and on at least through the weekend. The clouds are expected to clear out for the most part by midday today.

Forecasters expect the current system to clear out by this afternoon, leaving partly cloudy but dry conditions through Friday, which is expected to be sunny and warm. Lows are expected to drop into the high 40s and low 50s, the National Weather Service said.

But Saturday brings an 80 percent chance of rain, with a slight chance of showers continuing into Sunday. Forecasters say there’s also a chance of rain early next week, as yet another storm approaches.

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