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Heavy Snow may Damage Roof, Canopies, and Awnings

Pulaski, VA: This is an Awareness Message to homeowners and businesses concerning the increased weight on roofs caused by the recent snow, sleet, and freezing rain events.
Over the past two weeks, the area has seen unusually high snow totals that have placed an increased weight load on roofs of homes, businesses, carports, awnings, etc. We would like to encourage our citizens and businesses to have an increased awareness, especially with the potential for additional snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain being called for Tuesday.

Since Friday night, the Town of Pulaski and Pulaski County have had several roofs collapse on older buildings, metal carports, and awnings. Fortunately, no one was hurt in these incidents. If you notice any sagging, cracking, or separation in a structure, please notify your local building inspector or local fire marshal’s office. If you believe you have an emergency, please call 911.

In order to prevent injuires and damage to personal property, it is advised to stay clear of precarious awnings, canopies, and carports. Please be advised that older roofs, light weight metal roofs, and buildings with flat roofs are particularly suspectible to damage due to the increased weight. Finally, we do not advise owners to try to shovel the snow from a roof as the extra weight of a person may cause immediate damage.

The Institute for Business & Home Safety has further information at the following weblink: http://www.disastersafety.org/projects/?id=1136&category=1068.

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Heavy Snow may Damage Roof, Canopies, and Awnings

Pulaski, VA: This is an Awareness Message to homeowners and businesses concerning the increased weight on roofs caused by the recent snow, sleet, and freezing rain events.
Over the past two weeks, the area has seen unusually high snow totals that have placed an increased weight load on roofs of homes, businesses, carports, awnings, etc. We would like to encourage our citizens and businesses to have an increased awareness, especially with the potential for additional snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain being called for Tuesday.

Since Friday night, the Town of Pulaski and Pulaski County have had several roofs collapse on older buildings, metal carports, and awnings. Fortunately, no one was hurt in these incidents. If you notice any sagging, cracking, or separation in a structure, please notify your local building inspector or local fire marshal’s office. If you believe you have an emergency, please call 911.

In order to prevent injuires and damage to personal property, it is advised to stay clear of precarious awnings, canopies, and carports. Please be advised that older roofs, light weight metal roofs, and buildings with flat roofs are particularly suspectible to damage due to the increased weight. Finally, we do not advise owners to try to shovel the snow from a roof as the extra weight of a person may cause immediate damage.

The Institute for Business & Home Safety has further information at the following weblink: http://www.disastersafety.org/projects/?id=1136&category=1068.

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