Roof collapse becomes new concern with more snow

Posted at 6:35 AM, Nov 20, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-15 06:35:55-05

With three to six feet of snow sitting atop many homes, the danger with the next round of Lake Effect snow becomes roof collapse.

An additional two to three feet of snow could fall on already buried communities. There have already been reports of roofs collapsing at mobile home parks in Cheektowaga and West Seneca, where evacuations have taken place.

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Officials estimate there is an equivalent of six to eight inches of water. The weight on roofs is enormous and will only increase with each passing hour the snow falls Thursday.

A warehouse on Union Road in Cheektowaga couldn't handle the weight. Its roof collapsed on Wednesday. And BJ's Wholesale Club in Blasdell is currently shut down after engineers discovered the roof had been compromised and is in danger of collapsing.

There was also a roof collapse at a home in the City of Buffalo on Wednesday. Thankfully no one was hurt. But officials say they expect more of that with new snowfall and even over the weekend when temperatures begin to rise into the 50s.