Cougar Dome inflated after storm

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TRURO - The Cougar Dome sport facility was inflated again on Friday after it was deflated for the first time on Tuesday to prevent any damage during the mid-week snowstorm.

A group of volunteers, students and dome staff removed snow from the Cougar Dome on Thursday after a midweek snowstorm. The facility was inflated on Friday after being deflated on Tuesday as a precautionary measure. A group of volunteers, students and dome staff removed snow from the Cougar Dome on Thursday after a midweek snowstorm. The facility was inflated on Friday after being deflated on Tuesday as a precautionary measure. 

Tanya Colburne, facility director, said the deflation was a precaution against strong winds and heavy snowfall.

"We wanted to limit any damage we could have had," Colburne said.

The deflation was the easy part, she said. It was a simple process of letting the air inside, which supports the structure, escape. The deflation took 25 minutes, but it took almost two hours to inflate the structure as accumulated snow had to be removed.

Before inflation, a team of volunteers, students and dome staff had to ensure there wasn't a foot of snow in any one area.

"We needed to ensure there weren't any mounds."

Colburne said, adding she didn't want to know what kind of damage could have happened if the dome was left standing during the storm.

"It wasn't worth the risk knowing what the outcome could have been."

The dome had never been deflated before, said Colburne.

"That was the very first time and we hope the last."

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