Stadium roof collapses

22:53, Sep 18 2010
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Heavy snow in Invercargill caused Stadium Southland's roof to collapse.
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Heavy snow in Invercargill caused Stadium Southland's roof to collapse.
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Firefighters inspect the damage to Stadium Southland's roof.
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The walls of Stadium Southland have buckled after heavy snow in Invercargill caused the roof to collapse.
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Heavy snow in Invercargill caused Stadium Southland's roof to collapse.
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REFLECTING: Stadium Southland manager Nigel Skelt outside Stadium Southland.
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DESTRUCTION: Stadium Southland roof caved in under the weight of a heavy snow fall in Invercargill.
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DAMAGE: Stadium Southland roof caved in under the weight of the snow fall in Invercargill.
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COLLAPSE: Sports Southland general manager Brendon McDermott and Stadium Southland manager Nigel Skelt with he caved in wall and roof of No1 and 2 courts of Stadium Southland in the background.

The home of Southland sport has been severely damaged after the roof collapsed on Saturday under the weight of the largest amount of snow seen in Invercargill for several years.

Cranes and diggers have been brought in to clear debris so the situation can be assessed, but millions of dollars of damage has been caused to the 2000-seat Stadium Southland. Most of the roof over the indoor courts has collapsed, with stadium users forced to flee the falling material.

It is understood the indoor cycling velodrome has not been affected but it has been evacuated and police have been turning away people wanting to see the wreckage.

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Snow settled down at sea level in Riverton.
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New-born sheep have been caught in the snow storm that hit Southland.
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About 10cm of snow covered the streets of Invercargill.
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Downtown Invercargill was covered in snow.
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Karen and Brad Carthew take photos of the snow in Invercargill. The couple are from Australia, but currently live in Christchurch.
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Motorists drive along State Highway 1, just east of Invercargill.
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Katie Cameron, six, and her brother, Jack, 10, have a spa in the snow at Kennington, near Invercargill.
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Despite the snow, people are still taking their dogs out for a walk.
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Snow has blanketed Invercargill.
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Snow has blanketed Invercargill.
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Motorists are still out driving despite police warning them not to.
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RUNNING FREE: Jemma, a german short haired pointer pup plays in the snow.
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STANDING TALL: This three-metre-tall snow stag on Bluff Rd, Invercargill, had motorists honking their horns, waving and stopping to take photographs throughout the weekend. Brad Turner (pictured) who designed the stag with partner Finah Kirk, said he made the giant snow beast to bring a smile to people's faces. The stag features real antlers and billiard balls for eyes.
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IGLOO KIDS: Hannah, Ryan and Seth Beer in a snow house at Waikiwi yesterday.
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GOTCHA: Tane Law from Newfield, Invercargill. He is 3-years-old and this is his first snow experience.
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NOT MUCH OF A LEGACY: A car partially crushed by a tree at the Feldwick Gates, Queens Park, in Invercargill on Saturday.
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GREAT COLOURS: Beautiful mix of white coloured snow and pink coloured blossoms in Myross Bush.
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The roof of the Wrens decorating store in Invercargill collapsed under the weight of the snow on Sunday morning.
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Peter Kett, Ray Harper and Pepi Pikia inspect the caved in roof of the tennis court area at Stadium Southland.
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Eldon Gardens owner Donald McDonald stands in front of a ruined commercial glasshouse in which 1000 tomato plants were growing.
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Caltex Savoy owner Steve Gutsell on the roof of the service station shovelling off snow on Sunday.
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An aerial shot of the snow-damaged Stadium Southland.
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Snow at snow at Thomson Bush, Southland, Saturday morning. Supplied by Julia Ponting Nigel Billett.
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Snow has blanketed Invercargill
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The roof of the Wrens decorating store in Invercargill collapsed under the weight of the snow on Sunday morning.
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The roof of the Wrens decorating store in Invercargill collapsed under the weight of the snow on Sunday morning.
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The roof of the Wrens decorating store in Invercargill collapsed under the weight of the snow on Sunday morning.
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The roof of the Wrens decorating store in Invercargill collapsed under the weight of the snow on Sunday morning.
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Snow has blanketed Invercargill.
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Snow has blanketed Invercargill.
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Snow has blanketed Invercargill.

 

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Manager Nigel Skelt said the damage was ''very severe'', with the repair cost likely to be in the millions.

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Snow has also forced the closure of the New World supermarket in Windsor, with scaffolding installed to hold the roof up. Other shops in central Invercargill closed and sent staff home because of the poor conditions.

Emergency Management Southland staff are monitoring the situation, but most of the snow has hit coastal southern Southland, avoiding inland areas. They have warned industrial and commerical property owners to check the structural integrity of their roofs and if anyone has concerns to contact their local council.

MetService duty forecaster Heath Gullery said Southlanders could expect further snow showers throughout Saturday, overnight and into Sunday but it should turn to rain on Sunday afternoon as the snow levels lifted. There should not be the volume of snow the province received earlier on Saturday, he said.

More than 10cm of snow fell in Invercargill and also on low lying areas near Tapanui, with more than 20cm falling in hillier parts creating havoc for farmers trying to keep lambs alive.

Police have attended numerous accidents, although most have involved minor injuries, and Gorge Rd to Owaka and Chaslands Highway from Owaka to Niagara have been closed. State Highway 1 near Woodlands, between Invercargill and Edendale, has reopened after being closed earlier in the day.

Senior sergeant Maggie Windle urged motorists to avoid all but essential travel, with more snow forecast. People needed to be considerate of other drivers, she said.

Fonterra have advised farmers that trucks are unable to return to its Edendale factory and to hold as little milk as possible.

Flights in and out of Invercargill airport have been cancelled.

In Queenstown, snow fields have received significant snowfalls but snow has not settled in the town.

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