The partial collapse of the AFAS Stadion roof earlier this month was caused by the downward force of heavy winds. The stadium, home of Alkmaar-based football club AZ, will now undergo a renovation in which roughly 75 percent of the roof will be renovated or replaced.
The Dutch Safety Board found two more fractures and two compromised places in the roof of the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar, the Safety Board said in an interim report. These fractures and suspected cracks may lead to parts of the remaining roof collapsing. "They represent an acute risk", the Safety Board said, NOS reports.
When the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar was built, the future installation of solar panels on its roof was not taken into account, Anna Lambrechts, commercial director of Sunprojects - the company that installed around 1,700 solar panels on the stadium's roof in 2015 - said in a video used as promotional material, AD reports.
The video was filmed four years ago. It was taken offline after the roof of the AZ stadium partially collapsed in a storm on Saturday.
A report raising concerns about fire safety and structural integrity of AFAS stadium that was released shortly before the new stadium opened in 2006, was ignored by the Alkmaar city council and office of mayor and aldermen, former alderman Victor Kloos said to De Stentor.
"We warned about it at the time. In the meantime, I have requested all documents, investigations and reports from that time from the municipality", party leader Kloos of OPA - currently the largest party in the Alkmaar city council - said to the newspaper.
The roof of a gas station on the A58 highway in Zeeland collapsed for unknown reasons during the early hours of Monday morning, ANP reports.
The roof broke in the middle and collapsed to the ground in the shape of a V. No one was hurt. The Total gas station is located near 's-Heer Arendskerke, between Goes and Middelburg.
The gas station was closed at the time of the collapse. The fire department investigated and concluded that the roof collapse did not cause any immediate risks for the surrounding area, according to the news wire.
At least six people in Gorinchem were injured Friday afternoon after a portion of the Bogerd community center caved in, leaving a pile of debris inside the building. Emergency service personnel responded in droves to the incident, with a team from local breaking news website Zuid-Holland Zuid Actueel witnessing at least ten ambulances, a helicopter rescue unit, and a large police and fire department presence. Another air ambulance and a police helicopter was also dispatched to the region.
About 15 houses next to the Albert Heijn XL in Tilburg were evacuated on Saturday when the roof threatened to collapse. This was possibly due to the weight of heavy snow, but there is a chance that it has something to do with recent renovation, said a spokesperson of Ahold.
The children who were sitting on the roof of the dugout when in collapsed during a school softball tournament in Twijzel are not to blame for its collapse, according to the Public Prosecution Authority (OM).