The 2011 flood strikes early, and stealthly, at The Jamestown Sun

Sun Sports Editor Dave Selvig heard water dripping from another area of The Jamestown Sun this evening and discovered several holes in the ceiling caused by water seeping in through the roof.

We’ve had some warm temperatures lately and, coupled with today’s high wind, that melted a lot of snow. That snow is trapped by still-frozen ice on our roof, so gravity makes it find other ways to the ground.

There was a lot of mopping and reorganizing tonight in several rooms. Here’s a shot of what it looks like now, with buckets and trash bins placed to catch falling water.

It’s just so funny to me. We’ve spent all this time worried about overland flooding, groundwater infiltration into basements and rivers flowing over their banks. We’ve looked at all the ways that floodwaters could come at us from the ground up. Now, the water is coming at us from overhead.

You could call it “ninja rain” or maybe “wet from above.”

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5 Responses to The 2011 flood strikes early, and stealthly, at The Jamestown Sun

  1. If my roof ever leaks, I find it helpful to place old newspapers around the buckets so water doesn’t splatter onto the floor.

  2. blake says:

    I read that another way deal with a leaky roof is to properly maintain it year round – not just after a problem. It’s just all to often that I’m called up to deal with these instances during the winter, when the problems actually begin in the summer/fall – when the weather gets hot – yes, even the fall is hot and often times the last straw for a roof. Now, I’m not always right, but I think I know what I’m talking about. Now, you could brush this off as being a worthless offering of 2 cents, however that’d be dangerous. You need to call an experienced roofer. I’d like to see an article on the progress of this repair, just so that we subscribers know you’re doing the right thing.

    Also – what did you do with the water that is being picked up in that dirty bucket with the black marks?

    • I double checked on this to make sure I know what I’m talking about. Those black marks are just dried ink. The Sun uses soy-based inks, and they are non-toxic. The water is going down the drain, I presume.

      • Blake says:

        Sounds good, Logan. Thanks for checking on that – I know people put worse down the drains here in town, but no need to add fuel to the fire, right? Good luck with the roof.

        • I thought I knew for sure, but I double-checked with Boyd Anderson, who runs our printing operations.

          I knew already that nearly all American newspapers use soy-based inks. This is why you can burn an American newspaper to start a charcoal grill or cook food in certain applications without any ill effects. In Europe and other regions, though, they use a lot of petroleum-based inks, which are not safe for use in food applications and will leave your food tasting nasty.