Roofer Madness: Conn. Kept Busy By Collapses And Damage

Officials Recommend Clearing As Much Snow As Possible From Roofs

Roofs across Connecticut were buckling, bending and even collapsing under the weight of the accumulated snow last week, sending folks scrambling out into the streets and public officials up high to inspect. 

Most at risk were . Gov. Dannel Malloy issued a strong recommendation that officials inspect every municipal roof, and that residents clear their own. 

Waterford Patch’s Blue-Thumbed Builder offered great tips on roof clearing

New Haven County was the hardest hit, with roof collapses in Bethany, including a  that resulted in horses being trapped and injured, and a  that was full of workers at the time. In Somers, one horse had to be euthanized after a . 

In , a roof of a church and three other buildings succumbed during the week. A barn at the  in Hamden also fell in. In Milford, 30 workers  when the roof of their business caved in. In North Branford, a  when its banquet room roof fell in. Also in North Branford, a local couple had a  when their garage roof collapsed. In Somers, a couple had their  after a roof collapse. 

Middletown saw  in the , while Durham lost its , and a local farm lost a calf when a  caved. Portland lost . 

In downtown Madison, a row of businesses were closed Thursday when the canopy over the sidewalkbegan buckling under the weight of the snow. Town officials and business owners responded quickly, and by Friday, everything was back to normal.  elsewhere in the state also fell victim. 

In SouthingtonWest HartfordStonington, , East Haven, , , , andCanton, officials used the “better safe than sorry” approach when concerns were raised over roof safety. 

In Waterford, two businesses were closed because of roof concerns. In Trumbull, the  fell victim, as did a  in New Canaan.  had three roofs go down. In Avon, it was a that was crushed under the weight of the snow. 

In Windsor, the  didn’t collapse, but the damage was signifcant.

In South Windsor, it was a , while in Enfield, an , a  and  fell apart. Suffield lost an . A garden nursery in  also suffered severe damage. In Manchester, an auto upholestry business was . 

Stay tuned to your local Patch for all the weather-related news. Winter isn’t over yet.


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