Severn garage roof collapses under snow

February 10, 2010|By Andrea F. Siegel | Baltimore Sun reporter

A garage roof in Severn collapsed under the weight of snow Wednesday morning, but no one was injured, Anne Arundel County fire officials said.

The collapse, the first roof collapse in the county in Tuesday's and last weekend's storm, was reported at 9:53 a.m. in the 1400 block of Evergreen Road, Battalion Chief Steve Thompson said. The structure was a detached two-car garage with an empty apartment over it, he said.

"It had a peaked roof, which was unusual," Thompson said.

Two days earlier, he said, awnings at businesses in Deale and Glen Burnie collapsed under the weight of the snow.

Thompson said residents should try to keep drains clear and downspouts open to allow water from roofs to run off. However, fire officials don't want people climbing on rooftops or risking falls.

Officials have been warning of the potential for collapses of roofs -- especially flat or nearly flat ones -- due to heavy snow. On Tuesday, Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold cautioned residents with flat roofs to try to clear snow from them if they could do so safely and make sure drains are clear so prevent water from ponding on rooftops.

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