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.

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    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.

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