By J.W. Oliver
The ice and snow between the front door and the awning apparently slid off the roof of the main building and onto the overhang, causing it to collapse.
(J.W. Oliver photo)
Ice and snow sliding off the roof of Louis Doe Home Center in Newcastle and onto a metal-and-wood awning caused the awning to fall Wednesday, March 4.
The store had just cleared the awning of ice and snow the previous day, Mark Doe said. A large amount of ice and snow remained on the main roof, however.
“What we’re guessing is it all let loose, came down, landed on (the awning), and dropped it,” Doe said. The awning fell around 7 p.m.
A crew from Coastal Construction in Damariscotta arrived Thursday morning, March 5, to dismantle and remove the wreckage from the area in front of the main entrance.
A construction crew works to dismantle an awning at the Louis Doe Home Center in Newcastle the morning of Thursday, March 5. The awning fell Wednesday
evening, March 4. (J.W. Oliver photo)
The store opened as usual and detoured customers to a side entrance until the work was complete shortly after noon. The main entrance is now open.
Doe said he plans to start work to replace the awning next week. He thinks insurance will cover the damage.