Roof and Ceiling Collapse Issues Causing Concern

February 12, 2019



Police tape is stretched across the front of this Auto Zone store Tuesday night.


A photo of the water filtration plant provided by the City of Everett


This man is using a rake to try and get snow off his garage.

The weight of snow on rooftops is now causing concern. So far three incidents affecting Everett, Washington to report.

Late this morning in south Everett there was a report of a carport collapse at a house off 100th SW. The woman who lived in the house was startled but not injured.

The roof of a water storage structure at Everett’s water filtration plant near Monroe collapsed under the weight of snow early this morning and early Tuesday evening the Auto Zone store at 6500 Evergreen Way in Everett was closed after ceiling tiles came down in the store.

Still waiting on more details from that incident but here is the City of Everett’s report on the collapse at the water filtration plant.

The roof of a water storage structure at Everett’s water filtration plant near Monroe collapsed under the weight of snow early Tuesday morning, Feb. 12.

The plant has two water storage structures, or clearwells, that store what is called “finished water” – water that is ready to be delivered to customers. The two structures feed a common pipe and are usually connected. Following the roof collapse, the 5.2-million gallon east clearwell was isolated and removed from service. The 6.75-million-gallon west clearwell remains undamaged and continues to function normally.

“Everett’s water system has redundancies built in to prepare for situations like this,” said operations superintendent Mark Sadler. “The amount of water available in the west clearwell is more than sufficient to meet Everett’s system water demand.”

Filtration plant crews immediately began water quality testing and contacted the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) following the roof collapse. Water quality measurements showed that water being delivered to the public has maintained a high level of water quality and adequate disinfection. Additional water sampling is being done today throughout Everett’s system; lab results will be available by Wednesday morning.

Everett water utility is working with DOH, and there is no risk to public health. If there are any updates, Public Works staff will communicate directly with customers and will post online at

Everett’s water utility serves more than 600,000 customers in Snohomish County. Water stored in the clearwells travels directly to the City’s four transmission lines for delivery to Everett and its water wholesale customers. For more information on Everett’s water system, visit

Officials are asking people to watch out for sagging roofs and say the wet snow is extremely heavy. If people can remove excess snow on flat roofs safely that’s a good idea but only do so with great caution. You may want to call a professional snow removal company.

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