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Spokane buried by record Dec. snows

The nearly 60 inches of snow that has fallen in Spokane, Wash., this month has led to several roof collapses. The nearly 60 inches of snow that has fallen in Spokane, Wash., this month has led to several roof collapses. (Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review via associated press)
December 31, 2008
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SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane residents were trying to dig out yesterday after a record-breaking month of snow collapsed roofs and clogged streets. Bismarck, N.D., also set a snowfall record.

The center of a supermarket roof in north Spokane collapsed Monday evening, prompting the evacuation of that store. A fire official said one minor injury was reported.

Two more collapses were reported yesterday morning, at a church gymnasium and a hardware store. No one was injured. The collapses occurred as Spokane set a monthly record for snowfall, at 59.7 inches, after 8.3 inches was recorded in the 24-hour period ending at 4 p.m. Monday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Ellie Kelch. That's more snow than the area receives in a typical winter.

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