More collapses expected. Homeowners and store employees scrambling to remove the snow before rainfall adds even more weight to overloaded roofs.
The county reports 30 major roof collapses as the region recovers from the historic storm that dumped more than 7 feet (2.13 m) of snow on the area in only three days. Buffalo normally gets around 8 feet of snow during an entire winter season.
Emergency workers are also monitoring hundreds of structures at risk for collapse. The thirty major roof collapses were largely farm buildings and those with flat roofs. As many as 100 minor roof collapses have also occurred, and more than 50 people have been evacuated from mobile homes because roofs were buckling.
Most of the collapses followed warning signs, such as groaning or cracks in walls. The county advises that residents who hear or see such warning signs should call 911 and consider evacuating.
County officials expect the number of collapses to increase once daylight breaks.
The storms have been blamed for at least 13 deaths across western New York.
A Facebook group called WNY November 2014 Storm Help has been set up for residents to connect with each other, ask for help and report areas in need of assistance. Volunteers are on the page offering to help shovel people out, or bring supplies where needed.
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