Roof collapses pose a deadly threat

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Throughout Buffalo, a massive lake effect storm system has dumped an overload of snow on homes. That snow is currently posing a threat to many older or weaker structures.

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Flexovit, a major employer, lost most of its manufacturing capabilities.

Collapses have proved already to be deadly and damaging. A large collapse in Evans left the Flexovit  manufacturing plant virtually in ruins. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said the major employer lost much of its manufacturing capabilities, and a search and rescue would ensue. A preliminary search found no bodies and the plant was believed to be empty.

A collapse in Brant left one horse dead and three horses injured after a barn collapsed.

Zittel Farms’ greenhouses suffered a series of collapses which forced the grower to move plants. No word on the estimate of the damages.


Poloncarz held a conference call with most towns and villages affected by the snow storm. He came back with these numbers:

  • Alden – One collapse.
  • Aurora – Two collapses with two potential collapses being investigated.

    Zittel farms lost a host of greenhouse units.
  • Blasdell – One potential collapse.
  • Brant – Three collapses, including one major collapse which killed a horse.
  • Depew – One collapse with 10 potential collapses being investigated.
  • Elma – One potential collapse being investigated.
  • Hamburg – Five collapses, three partial collapses.
  • Lancaster – One building collapse.
  • West Seneca – 12 building collapses

Officials stressed Thursday to clear snow off structures, otherwise houses could easily succumb to stress, especially as snow begins to melt. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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