Kansas City day care evacuated for heavy snow on roof

KANSAS CITY, Mo - Authorities have evacuated a local day care after growing concerns about heavy snow on the roof.

The Kansas City Fire Department moved 118 children and 30 staff members from the St. Luke's Day Care, 4231 Pennsylvania.

St. Luke's Spokesman Laurel Gifford said a staffer noticed that the roof was sagging, so they evacuated as a precaution. J.E. Dunn is on the scene, clearing the roof in eight-foot sections.

"We do not believe there is any risk of the roof collapsing," Gifford said in a phone interview with 41 Action News.

She thinks that once the roof is cleared, the day care can resume operations. She said it didn't appear to compromise the structural integrity of the building.

The children were first moved across the street to the former human resources office. Kansas City Area Transportation buses then transported them to The Children's Spot, 4333 Pennsylvania.

Parents have been notified of the incident. The day care will decide Thursday afternoon whether services will resume Friday at St. Luke's or an alternate location.

Kansas City saw about 10 inches of snow Tuesday, just six days after a similar snowfall last week.

This week's snow was wetter and heavier than last week's, according to the 41 Action Weather Team, and it's been causing problems for area roofs all week.

On Tuesday, roofs collapsed in Shawnee, Kan., and Belton, Sedalia and Warrensburg in Missouri.

In Belton, 41 Action News Reporter Garrett Haake was recording when the roof of the Eagles Club collapsed.

VIDEO | Roof collapses at Eagles Club in Belton - http://bit.ly/XIVi5W

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