Beware of flooding, collapsing roofs from snow melting

December 26, 2008

By Staff

NEW — 4:23 p.m. Dec. 26, 2008

A flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service until noon Sunday. And mostly rain is in the forecast for the next several days.

The city’s Public Works Operations team has been working to keep storm drains clear for rain and melting snow. Residents can also help by keeping storm drains near their homes clear of debris, snow and ice. Also, when driving, watch for any puddles of water or areas of ice.

Residents also need to be aware of the potential for some roofs (especially flat ones) to become overloaded with heavy snow, rain and thick ice in the next couple of days. If needed, consult with a professional roofing or snow removal contractor.

Watch for these warning signs of overloading:

Severe roof leaks, indicating torn roof membranes.

Ripples or bends in metal supports.

Loud popping noises emanating from the building structure.

Water ponds in areas where it never accumulated before.

Obvious deformities in the roof.

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