3 injured in Ledyard deck collapse


LEDYARD, Conn. (WTNH) — Three women were injured when their deck collapsed.

Police in Ledyard tell News 8 the part of the deck which attaches to the house had rotted away, so when the women stepped onto it, it collapsed. The deck, which almost appears to be intact, with the grill still on it, now sits on the ground instead of 15 feet up.

Yevette Lehn who lives nearby says, “My heart goes out to them. It could have easily happened to everybody including myself.”

Lehn says seven years ago she noticed something wasn’t right with her deck. “I just happened to look that way and I could see something hanging from the porch, and it was the porch,” says Lehn.

It turns out the piece she saw hanging was a joist which was rotted, along with a nearby support beam.  She says, “This entire section that was behind this fascia was rotted out, three quarters of it, and in essence it was going to give.” It’s something she may not have noticed until it was too late. Folks at Cash True Value in Mystic say you should check underneath your deck at least twice a year.

Manager Jon Daigle says, “It is common because if you think of a deck, the underneath of a deck does not get a lot of sunlight so that creates a lot of moisture that’s just going to hang out in that area.” Water and insects can eat right through the wood.

Here’s what to look out for. Posts should be on a concrete block or in a builders tube. If the wood is rotted it will be soft and discolored, and you may see nails popping out. Daigle adds, “If it’s painted you can easily see it, because if the wood is soft behind it, the paint will be soft to the touch and also be rippled.”

Building inspectors in Ledyard were also called to the home to check out the collapsed deck.

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