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Roof rakes selling out at local hardware stores


Eau Claire (WQOW) - With more than 50 inches of snow this winter and another ten or so in our future, a household tool has been flying off the shelves... and onto your roof.

We're talking about roof rakes. We spoke with six Eau Claire hardware stores today, including Farm and Fleet and both Menards locations. All but one is sold out of roof rakes. As of this morning, Parr's Hardware on Moholt Drive had twelve left but they may not last long. One store we spoke with says they got 24 this morning and were sold out by noon: leaving many people scrambling to find the essential tool.

"I felt there was a good foot or two on there and it couldn't hurt to drag it off. Originally I went to Menards today to buy a roof rake, cause there are concerns the roof could take that extra weight and collapse or whatever, it was sold out at both locations," Mark Rasmussen of Eau Claire says.  

Most of the stores we spoke with expected more roof rakes early next week. Some of them have even started compiling a waiting list.

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