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Moncton salt storage dome collapses

Moncton's salt storage dome caved in Sunday morning
Moncton's salt storage dome caved in Sunday morning

Alexandra Pope, staff writer

March 7, 2011 — Officials say the collapse of the Moncton public works facility was due to structural problems and not heavy snow.

At first, officials with the City of Moncton thought strong winds and a heavy snow load might have been factors in the collapse of the city's main salt storage dome Sunday morning. But after further investigation, it was actually a structural problem and not the weather.

The dome, which contained about 2,500 tonnes of road salt at the time, caved in at around 10:30 in the morning. No one was inside at the time.

Don Morehouse, director of public works for the City of Moncton, said public works staff were cleared to enter the dome and are working to clean up the debris from the collapse and move the salt to another storage facility.

“The good thing is, the weather's was co-operating with us. It's was fairly mild down here on Sunday, so we weren't (dealing with) a freezing road situation,” he said.

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