RIVERDALE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The snow piling up on roofs across northern New Jersey has business owners, homeowners and officials concerned for people’s safety.
As 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported, at the Target store on Route 23 in Riverdale, where nearly 2 feet of snow sat on the roof, management shut down the store for portions of Friday and Saturday out of fear of a possible roof collapse.
Engineers have since given the building the all-clear.
Employees said they were happy management took the precaution.
“They’re really looking out for us more than anything,” one worker said. “It’s probably safe. Even if it’s at a 0.1 percentage chance that something might happen, you’ve got to take the safe route and take the higher ground and say, ‘You know what, the safety of people is more important.'”
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“I like that because … they took the time to inquire about something that looked like something miniscule, but a little research and they end up finding there was a big issue at hand,” another employee said.
Townships all around northern New Jersey have been encouraging homeowners and businesses to make sure their roofs are safe.
In Passaic and in the Bronx on Saturday, the roofs caved in on a pair of vacant apartment buildings. No one was injured in either incident.
Meanwhile, solar panels at Bryant Elementary School in Teaneck collapsed under the weight of snow, forming a canopy over the cars in the parking lot. None of the vehicles were damaged, CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu reported.
“There is some hazard right now. Some of the panels, as long as the panels are in place they’re conducting electricity until they’re disconnected,” Teaneck Police Chief Robert Wilson explained.
In Paterson, the American Red Cross is helping eight families who were evacuated as a precaution when the roof of a commercial building collapsed across the street from their Gray Street homes, WCBS 880 reported.
In Waldwick on Thursday, the Superdome Sports Complex’s domed roof collapsed. No one was injured.
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