Malloy: Clear snow from roofs now due to ‘active storm pattern’

Connecticut residents should clear snow from their roofs prior to more winter weather hitting the state, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy advised residents on Thursday.

"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.

"Residents should be aggressive about protecting their structures,” he said. “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.”

Snow on roofs mixing with rain

The state — including Shelton — has seen significant snowfall in recent weeks, and that now snow is being made heavier by partially melting and mixing with rain.

While temperatures are expected to be in the upper 40s over the next several days, they may drop again next week with a cold weather pattern returns.

State agencies checking their roofs

The state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security has been directed 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 of removing the snow.

Malloy encouraged residents with elderly or disabled neighbors 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 consider contacting the Better Business Bureau to ensure the quality of the vendor, according to the governor.