Officials are suggesting that Mainers think about how neighbors can help neighbors as the winter’s snow piles up on roofs.
Civil emergency preparedness officials say the snow not only presents a danger of roof collapses. It also can cause ice dams, roof damage, and block heating system vents. Blocked vents can cause carbon monoxide to build up inside the building.
Emergency management Director Rob McAleer points to Sacopee Valley High School in southern Maine. The roof at the Hiram school’s gym buckled, causing officials to cancel today’s classes.
Officials are assessing the situation.
McAleer says this is a situation where neighbors can help neighbors. He also suggests thinking about relatives and friends who might need help clearing roofs and vents.