At the end of last week, as the temperatures rose, and the ice and snow began to melt in Logan County, problems arose at the Justice Center when the ice guards gave way on the outer edges of the roof tops. Large amounts of ice plummeted to the ground, almost hitting one pedestrian, and smashing the windshied of a judge’s car.
Judge Executive Logan Chick said he contacted the company who put the roof on the Justice Center immediately after the first guard gave way on Monday. Preferred Roofing out of Owensboro came and inspected the problem, and were actually there on site when Circuit Judge Tyler Gill’s car paid the price of unsecured equipment. District Judge Sue Carol Browning moved her vehicle just in time to keep from being struck by the falling ice and snow.
“They said they would repair the guards as quick as they could,” said Chick. “They said the guards weren’t tightened in places, which caused the break.”
Chick said when the ice is that heavy, you are bound to have problems. The judge said he saw a similar thing happen at the post office next door to the Justice Center. Their guards held, but the ice and snow mounded up past the guards, causing it to fall to the ground as well.
“Metal buildings suffer this type of problem,” said Chick. “It’s important when people are out after these types of storms they not only pay attention to what is under them, but what is above them as well.”