SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. -- Just after 10 p.m. Tuesday, D.A. Gohi of Nettie got a call that something was wrong at his grocery store and gas station in Summersville.
The power had gone out, and just when an employee was locking the door to leave, the worker heard "a pop and a crack" before the roof collapsed, sending more than 34 inches of snow into the store.
"It's a terrible thing," Gohi said Wednesday afternoon, standing outside the U-Save Food Store he owns on Main Street. "I must have made God mad somehow."
Residents who came to the store, one of only two gas stations in the downtown area of the city, stared in disbelief. One man pulled up to a gas pump not realizing the damage.
"I didn't even notice," he said.
To make matters worse, the roof of another grocery store Gohi owns in Craigsville also collapsed Tuesday night.
Nine other businesses and homeowners in Nicholas County are in the same boat as Gohi, as their roofs were unable to withstand the massive snowfall Monday night and Tuesday morning.
Nicholas County, one of the hardest hit counties in the state, has had 10 structures collapse, according to Carla Hennessy, the county's director of emergency services.
The water was off in Summersville, Craigsville and Richwood Wednesday as the water plants were without power and didn't have backup generators, Hennessy said.
According to Appalachian Power's website, 75 percent of the county remained without power at about 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Cassondra Smearman, 23, awoke around 3 a.m. to police banging on her apartment door at the Summersville Manor on Kentucky Road.
"They told us the roof was caving in by the second and to grab what we could and get out," Smearman said.
All of about 70 tenants at the federal low-income housing complex were evacuated after aluminum awnings overtop stairwells and walkways caved in from the load of heavy snow.
Police and ambulances drove many of the families to the Family Life Center in Summersville, which was set up as a shelter.
That's where Smearman was Wednesday afternoon with her 1-year-old daughter, Kylee.