Snow-Covered Roofs Collapse Across Tri-State, Including School, Homes, VFW Post

Friday, Feb 14, 2014  |  Updated 7:37 PM EDT
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This week's snow storms caused a buildup of snow and ice that is wreaking havoc across New Jersey, including a giant playing field dome. Michael George reports.

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This week's snow storms caused a buildup of snow and ice that is wreaking havoc across New Jersey, including a giant playing field dome. Michael George reports.

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Long Island Roofs Collapse Under Snow

The snow has stopped falling, but there is still a big danger for homeowners and business owners: the weight of the snow is collapsing roofs across the area, including one at a recycling company in Farmingdale. Andrew Siff reports.
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Heavy snow that blanketed the tri-state after a nor'easter has caused as many as 10 roofs to give way, damaging an elementary school, homes, recreational centers and a VFW post.

New Jersey had at least seven of the collapses, including the school in Wallington, the Superdome Sports complex in Waldwick, an apartment building in Kearny and the VFW post, where the entire banquet area was destroyed.

Roof collapses have also been reported at several locations in New York, including a gym in Setauket.

It did not appear anyone has been seriously injured.

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At the apartment building in Kearny, which got 15 inches of snow, sleeping residents were startled out of their beds when the roof gave in.

Authorities and residents at the two-story building said it gave way at about 11:30 p.m., with a loud bang.

"We looked outside and there were bricks everywhere," said one woman who lived in the four-family building.

All 12 people inside evacuated the building as police and firefighters arrived. No one was injured.

Emergency crews shut off the utilities in the building and the owner said he was most concerned about getting the residents back into their homes.

"Hopefully we can get this fixed and them back in as soon as possible," said Frank Greco.

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