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Contractors urge people to clear homes of ice and snow

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After what seemed like never-ending snowfall, rain and warmer temperatures turned the area into a soggy mess, Thursday.

The combination led to a scary situation at the Cloverleaf Cold Storage in Napoleon.

"That [snow and rain] adds a considerable amount of weight with the rain water holding in the snow," Steve Fox, Graduate Roofing Company, said.

Fox says it's the first collapse he's heard of this season.

During an average winter; they're rare.

But, "with this exceptional year, it's obviously a possibility," Fox said.

Commercial buildings are more likely to face this problem because the roof is flat.

"The residential homeowner probably is not going to fear a roof collapse given that the average home has a pitched roof on it," Fox told 13abc.

However, ice build up in the gutters continues to plague local homeowners and businesses.

TC Wallace works for J & R Contracting.

He says they've answered many emergency calls this winter.

Everything from flooded basements and frozen pipes, to water damage caused by ice and snow.

"The ice had dripped through the roof, went down into the ceiling and wood," Wallace said on the site of a clean up.

J & R crews had to climb on this roof and shovel the snow and take squeegees and buckets to the basement to try and dry it out.

A common sight in this weather, but one that can be avoided.

"As much as you can keep out of the gutter and out of the way of the bottom of the roof will help the situation," Fox said.

 

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