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Gov. Malloy Urges Westport Residents To Clear Snow From Roofs

A roof and walls of a garage in New York collapsed during a recent snowstorm.
A roof and walls of a garage in New York collapsed during a recent snowstorm. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy urged residents throughout Fairfield County and all of Connecticut to clear snow from rooftops because of the weight.

"With several weeks of winter still remaining and substantial snow already on many roofs, it is imperative that residents, businesses and governments guard against potential collapses,” Malloy said in a statement.

"Residents should be aggressive about protecting their structures. With forecasters predicting an active storm pattern to continue over the next few weeks, now is the time to start clearing snow from your roofs to prevent heavy buildup.”

Malloy directed the state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security to send a memorandum to all state agencies and municipalities asking them to assess snow buildup on their public buildings and agricultural facilities and, if necessary, begin the process to remove the snow.

Residents with elderly or disabled neighbors are encouraged to offer assistance with roof clearing if appropriate.

In addition, residents who cannot clear their own roofs and need to pay for services to do so should contact the Better Business Bureau to ensure the quality of the vendor.

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