Heavy snow on roofs forces Walmart, Sam's Club to temporarily close

Thursday, February 28, 2013 | 1:43 p.m. CST; updated 3:42 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 28, 2013
Contractors from Clifford Lee & Associates shovel snow off the roof of Sam's Club on Thursday afternoon. Sam's Club and Walmart were both closed for precautionary measures due to the amount of snow on the roofs.

COLUMBIA — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has temporarily closed the Sam's Club and the Walmart on Conley Road due to heavy snow buildup on the stores' roofs.

Twenty-one construction workers started shoveling snow off the roof of the Sam's Club on 101 Conley Road at 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

Foreman Brandon Bulloch said his team will most likely work through the night to clear off the 8.5 inches of snow. He was expecting more workers later in the day to help with the cleanup of Sam's Club and Walmart.

"We'll be here until it gets done," Bulloch said.

Walmart spokesperson Dianna Gee said the 9 to 10 inches of snow on top of the Walmart caused minor roof leaks. She said she was not aware of any damage inside the store.

Gee said the stores were closed out of caution. Reopening the stores will depend on how fast the snow is removed. Gee said she hoped the stores would reopen Friday.

"Obviously, safety is our top priority," she said. "We'd rather be safe than sorry."

Gee said Columbia's other two Walmart locations at 3001 W. Broadway and 1201 Grindstone Parkway will remain open.

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