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Vt., N.H. Warn of Roof Snow Danger

Montpelier (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture and New Hampshire Acting Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Perry Plummer are warning farmers and building and home owners about the danger that roofs could collapse under the weight of accumulating snow.

Experts say that in some areas snow has accumulated over the winter and it may become even heavier due to the wet, icy conditions predicted.

The Agriculture agency is urging homeowners to monitor their roofs and clear off snow if it can be done so safely. If there is a concern for personal safety, a professional contractor should be called in to inspect the roof, or to clear the roof of snow.

Symptoms of a pending collapse can include strange noises, cracking, or visible movement of rafters.

New Hampshire emergency management officials are warning the third major snowstorm in a month is increasing the danger that roofs could collapse under the weight of the snow

Plummer says snow accumulations on flat roof commercial or institutional buildings are at greatest risk.

Homeowners should also remove snow from the ground using snow rakes.