From the Harford County Department of Inspections, Licenses, and Permits:
Harford County Executive David R. Craig is warning all area businesses and homes with flat roofs of the dangers of collapse due to accumulating snow and possible heavy rains forecasted later in the week.
The storm last weekend resulted in almost two feet of snow. Flat roofed buildings are extremely susceptible to collapse from the weight of heavy snow, especially if followed by heavy rain which is tentatively forecasted for later this week. On the advice of building code officials across the state, residents and property owners are urged to take the necessary steps to remove snow from flat roofs now, before heavy rains come later this week.
Rain and possible freezing rain is forecasted later in the week. If snow covered flat roofs are not properly cleared, there is an increased danger of partial or total collapse which could result in possible bodily injury. In order to avoid a collapse, business owners and property managers should remove any accumulated snow from flat roofs now, and make sure that all roof drains and discharges are clear and free of obstructions.
For more information on proper maintenance of a flat roof and safety precautions to take now, contact the Harford County Department of Inspections, Licenses, and Permits at 410-638-3344.