State Health Department buildings evacuated because of roof snow

Friday, February 4, 2011 | 4:22 p.m. CST; updated 4:28 p.m. CST, Friday, February 4, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri officials have evacuated two state health department buildings because of snow accumulation on the roofs.

State Administration Office Commissioner Kelvin Simmons said he decided to evacuate the buildings early Friday. Simmons said some people were in the buildings at the time, but he did not know how many. The Office of Administration said 570 people work there.

A winter storm dropped about 18 inches of snow this week in Jefferson City.

Simmons said snow was being removed from the buildings' roofs Friday and an engineering analysis will be conducted. Simmons said he hopes workers can return Monday.

Both health buildings are leased by the state. The administrative offices for the Department of Health and Senior Services is housed in one of them.

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