Officials worried about heavy snow and danger of collapses

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -  Monday, rescue crews were called out to Smith Wright Lane in the Ladysmith area of Caroline County.  A utility shed had collapsed, trapping someone underneath -- that person later died.

Safety experts say this is the exact reason you need to protect yourself and your property.

We found a variety of rooftops still covered with snow.

Flat roofs are the biggest concern, but with any roof, it depends on how old your roof and where it is.

In the shade where's there's little melting, you could have more problems. If you're worried about damage, look for these tell, tell signs.

Laura Southard with VDEM says, "If you see any cracking in your ceiling or along the walls, if your doors and windows are suddenly not fitting or closing like they should, that could be a sign that the snow on the roof is causing problems with your house."

Bottom line, if you have questions or are worried about it, call the experts because a situation like this is best left to the professionals.

Southard says, "We don't people getting up on their roofs to clear the snow off because the danger of falling is very real as well as possible coming into contact with electrical wires in some areas, so get a trained professional out there if you've got a great deal of snow on your roof. "

We are not encouraging you to get up on your roof and clean it off -- that is very dangerous. If you do need help, hire a licensed professional.

What you can do though is make sure that the down spouts on your gutters are cleared out because once this snow starts melting, you don't want to deal with standing water.

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