NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Heavy, wet snow is putting a serious strain on buildings and other structures around the region.
Since Thursday’s storm that dumped nearly a foot or more of snow in some spots, there have been several reports of roof cave-ins and partial building collapses throughout the Tri-State area.
As CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reported, all that precipitation that’s piled up is starting to come crashing down. That bad news for home and business owners has turned into a boon for roofers.
“We’re busy. We’re getting calls all the time,” Lester Waxman of Classic Remodeling Corp. said. “When the roof is filled up with snow like this and the gutters become frozen, water can’t come down the roof anymore. So it gets backed up. The water’s backing up into the rooms of the houses and causing problems.”
As WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported, the ShopRite on River Road in New Milford, N.J. is closed until further notice due to a partial ceiling collapse.
The parking lot entrance was barricaded Friday afternoon and police tape was on the front door of the grocery store.
“We’re concerned about the structural integrity of that part of ShopRite. So we’ve asked that they have a structural engineer examine it to ensure the safety of the structure,” New Milford Police Chief Frank Papapietro told Putney. “If there is a structural issue, you can’t have customers in the store when the rest of it gives out.”