Garage Collapses in West Haven

Friday, Feb 21, 2014  |  Updated 8:00 AM EDT
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Garage Collapses in West Haven

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A garage roof collapsed in West Haven this morning.

A one-car garage collapsed in West Haven under the weight of rain-soaked snow early Friday morning.

This is one of several structures to collapse in the last few days and officials warn that buildings with a flat roof are more susceptible to caving in.

It is unclear whether the West Haven garage can be repaired or if it'll need to be torn down.

There was another garage collapse in Meriden on Thursday and part of an old storage facility on Water Street in West Haven also collapsed this week.

Gov. Dannel Malloy is urging people to clear snow from roofs before more winter weather hits the state next week.

"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 also encouraged residents with elderly or disabled neighbors to offer assistance with roof clearing if appropriate.

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, according to Malloy.
 

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