Crews from several communities fight fire
Our Storm Of The Century©
Felina Silver Robinson
My Poem of the Day
As if waking from a nightmare
We woke to the end of yet a third storm
It brought us
Two more feet of snow
Impassable streets and roads
Deplorable T Service
Bare store shelves
Days off from work
Talk of cancelled April Vacations
Snow plow deaths
Inaccessible fire hydrants
Fire related deaths
On the bright side…
We now have snow for skiing into April
And free partitions from unwanted viewers
And 2nd place for the snowiest month of snow
While we are breaking records
And praying for no more significant snow
Our friendly groundhog has gone into hiding
Uncertain whether he’ll show his face at all next year
We are wondering
If our trains will ever fully recover
If we will ever get to enjoy a family vacation any time soon
If we will be able to look back on this winter without contempt
If you were lucky to survive then be glad that you saw first hand
A record-breaking Winter no one will soon forget
Flat commercial roofs are most susceptible
BOSTON —With rain in the forecast for Monday, emergency officials are warning Massachusetts residents about the dangers of roofs collapsing under the weight of heavy, wet snow.
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The rain could create roof ice dams that cause water buildup and lead to interior damage, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
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“Dry, fluffy snow piled on roofs can act as a sponge, absorbing any additional moisture, adding weight and stress to structures if not cleared,” MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz said in a statement. “Flat, commercial roofs are most susceptible if they are not draining properly.”
Schwartz said that he also encourages everyone to make sure neighborhood storm drains are cleared to minimize local flooding.
Here are MEMA’s tips for preventing a roof collapse:
-Watch out for large snow build-up or snowdrifts on roofs, especially roofs that are flat or only have a slight pitch, like on garages, carports and porches.
-Remove roof snow from the ground with a snow rake from the hardware store if possible, but avoid touching power lines with a metal snow rake.
-Avoid working from ladders because they can become icy.
-Only shovel on a flat roof if it is safe to stand upon, but be careful to avoid a potentially dangerous fall.
-Clear flat roof drainage systems to lower risk of roof ponding if there is heavy rain or melting.
-Large icicles on roof overhangs don’t necessarily indicate ice damming, but they are dangerous and should be carefully removed if they are above doorways and walkways.
-Clear storm drains along curbs to prevent water from draining into cellars
-Keep neighborhood fire hydrants clear and accessible
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