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Rhinebeck's Popular Williams Lumber Partially Reopens After Roof Collapse

A drone shot of the damage to Williams Lumber in Rhinebeck following a roof collapse from too much snow.
A drone shot of the damage to Williams Lumber in Rhinebeck following a roof collapse from too much snow. Photo Credit: Williams Lumber Company/Pace Communications
An interior shot of the damage inside Williams Lumber following a roof collapse from too much snow.
An interior shot of the damage inside Williams Lumber following a roof collapse from too much snow. Photo Credit: Williams Lumber Company
The roof of the Williams Lumbers in Rhinebeck collapsed from too much snow.
The roof of the Williams Lumbers in Rhinebeck collapsed from too much snow. Photo Credit: Rhinebeck Fire Department
Rhinebeck firefighters had to evacuate Williams Lumber after the roof collapsed from too much snow.
Rhinebeck firefighters had to evacuate Williams Lumber after the roof collapsed from too much snow. Photo Credit: Rhinebeck Fire Department

RHINEBECK, N.Y. -- Williams Lumber is partially up and running after the company's Rhinebeck store's roof partially collapsed Wednesday from the weight of snow from Tuesday's Nor'easter.

The roof of the store at 6760 Route 9 collapsed around 2:45 p.m., while employees and customers were inside the store, pinning one person, said Henry A. Campbell, public information officer for the Rhinebeck Fire Department.

The pinned person was quickly freed and did not receive any major injuries, Campbell said.

The section of the roof collapse was approximately 125-feet-by-30-feet, leaving a large, gaping hole.

"We can replace our walls but we cannot replace our people," said Sandy Williams, senior vice president of retail operations."We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from our contractors, our community members and all those who treat us

Since the collapse, the store itself remains closed, but the lumber yard has reopened to contractors and customers and for deliveries from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The lumber yard is also open from 7 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The company's other stores in the area are open as usual.

"Williams Lumber is an institution in Dutchess County, and the Williams family among our most generous," County Executive Marc Molinaro said. "We are glad no one was injured and will do all we can to support their repair efforts."

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