Roofs, porches giving way due to weather

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– It is dangerous to not clear off heavy snow, but in Massachusetts Thursday it proved deadly.

A 29-year-old woman was killed Thursday afternoon in Weymouth, just outside of Boston when her carport, piled with snow, collapsed on her.

It’s critical that you get rid of the snow off roofs and have it done by a professional.

The string of winter storms caused a build up of snow and ice that is wreaking havoc on homes and buildings across the state.

Crews tore down a warehouse on Water Street in West Haven after the roof came crashing down Wednesday night. The vacant warehouse was an old building made of wood construction.

collapsed house

Officials say snowstorm after snowstorm took a toll on the building, the snow and rain along with the age of the building lead to the collapse.

“The best thing for everybody and the way the walls were bulging out and the way they could fall in the street, we had to get the building down,” said Deputy Chief Scott Schwartz, West Haven.

And a similar scene in New Haven. Heavy snow is being blamed for a porch collapse on another street. The build up of snow made the weight extremely heavy.

In Meriden the fire department responded to a roof collapse on Mount Pleasant Street Thursday afternoon after the garage was covered in snow.

Fire officials say the age of the garage and the weight of the snow contributed to the collapse. Officials are warning residents that snow and ice left on roofs and porches could cause more incidents.

“The problem is the ice that’s on the roofs right now. The drains are iced up and with the rain coming tomorrow we are going to have further problems with it. I would suggest if you get the snow off the roof,” said Schwartz.

Officials say the pressure of the snow can be too much for some structures to handle. Removing snow can be extremely dangerous, unless you have training in snow removal, let the professionals tackle it.

demolition Roofs, porches giving way due to weather

Find a professional snow removal company, most roofing companies we called can remove snow

Make sure the company has liability insurance and always check with the Better Business Bureau to ensure the quality of the vendor

Governor Malloy released a statement urging residents and businesses to clear snow from roofs:

“Residents should be aggressive about protecting their structures,” adding “now is the time to start clearing snow from your roofs to prevent heavy buildup.”

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