Watson Lake curling club closes

Curling season ended abruptly in Watson Lake when, shortly after the Christmas holidays, it was discovered that the club's roof had begun to sag under a heavy snow load. The snow has since been cleared, but the curling club will remain closed for the...

The snow has since been cleared, but the curling club will remain closed for the season after its roof was deemed to be unsafe, said Colum McCready, the town’s chief administrative officer.

The rest of the town’s recreation centre remains unaffected, he said.

The problem isn’t with the new roof, which was added to the building around 1999, but with the beams propping it up, said McCready. There aren’t enough, so more beams will have to be added.

The cost of the repairs will remain unclear until more engineering work is done, said McCready. But “hopefully it won’t cost too much,” he said, as the new roof won’t need to be taken down.

The roof work likely won’t happen until mid-spring. But the town doesn’t want to risk having the roof collapse on players in the meantime. (John Thompson)