Sunday, February 10, 2013
Light, fluffy snow on rooftops can act as a sponge for rain, which is in the forecast for Monday. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency offers these tips.
With rain in Burlington forecast for Monday, the Blizzard of '13 may not be finished wreaking havoc in Massachusetts. While temperatures dropped overnight on Friday resulting in light, fluffy snow, he Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) warns that fluffy snow piled high on roofs can act as a sponge, absorbing rain and adding additional stress to structures. Relatively flat roofs are particularly vulnerable, MEMA says. In other cases, roof ice dams have formed causing water build-up, leading to interior damage. These conditions can accelerate the snowmelt. To minimize the risk of over-stressing a building roof due to accumulated or drifting snow: Information from a release by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA…
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
The Burlington Public Schools Administration has been taking steps to clear snow off of the roofs of school buildings to protect safety of students and faculty.
Burlington Public Schools administrators have been taking steps during the last few weeks to ensure the safety of students and staff by removing snow from the roofs of the town’s school buildings. “We have been proactive in this,” Director of Finance and Operations Craig Robinson said at the School Committee meeting Tuesday night, adding the schools have been working with Director of the Burlington Building Department John Clancy to identify potential problem areas and come up with remedies. “Prior to the last storm we removed snow from Memorial and this past week had our roof contractors removing snow from the flat sections of Fox Hill.” Robinson added the roof of Pine Glen was completed yesterday and that the roof contractors removed 10-…
Saturday, February 5, 2011
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency urges residents to learn the danger signs of roof collapse and to clear roofs safely.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Over the past 36 hours, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has received reports of more than 70 roof collapses or buildings that have sustained potential structural damage from the weight of snow and ice loads on roofs. While these incidents have occurred throughout the Commonwealth, the majority have taken place in eastern Massachusetts. This week the Burlington Fire Department responded to a roof collapse of an abandoned barn at 5 Francis Wyman Road. Click the photo gallery to the right for image of recent roof collapses throughout the region. In many instances, homes and businesses have had to be evacuated. In a normal winter season, there may be a handful of such events, making this season, with its heavy snowfall, extremely…