Recovery continues as crews tackle snow still stuck on roofs

7:33 PM, Feb 13, 2013   |    comments
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BELGRADE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The last few flakes from this past weekend's record-breaking storm fell late Saturday afternoon, but snow has been flying steadily from roofs and roads as people continue to dig out.

Clyde Fowler, with Folwer's Roofing and Construction, can't go but a few minutes without his phone ringing with someone either seeking snow removal or roof repairs in the storm's wake.

"What we saw was a lot of shingles blown right off.  It was anywhere from two shingles blown off on some to tow hundred on others," explained Fowler.  "We have seen some buildings where the metal roofs had some cracked trusses, caved a building in a little bit in Belgrade, not quite a collapse, but broke a lot of their trusses and so forth."

He says he's had roughly a dozen guys out everyday since the storm shoveling off roofs, with other crews making emergency repairs and doing full on replacements.

He says the longer folks wait to remove the weight of the snow off their roof, the more likely they are to avoid more costly problems.

"A lot of people don't actually realize the weight that snow will put on a roof," stated Benjamin Perry, one of Folwer's roofers.  "It can do many aspects of damage, not only to your shingles with the ice and the snow, but it can also bust your rafters and trusses as well with a large accumulation."

Perry estimates he's helped clear off about forty homes over the past few days.

"You end up using muscles you didn't even know you had," he yelled down from the roof of yet another home he was shoveling. 

What's keeping him going?

"It is definitely a strong regimen of Tylenol!" he laughed.  "All day long.  Exhaustion would be putting it lightly."

Perry says snow that remains in place on roofs can also form ice dams, which will prevent run-off and rain from flowing down to the ground.  He says many times that water seeps into homes causing extensive damage.

He suggests people use a roof rake or hire a crew to come in if they can't get at the problem areas safely.

"I wouldn't recommend climbing up on a roof unless you have the actual equipment to do it, cause it is dangerous as far as slipping," said Perry.  "And with the added ice and snow, it just makes it that much more of an issue."

An issue many people hope will melt away without wiping out their bank account.


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