BOSTON (CBS) — With another storm in the forecast on Saturday emergency crews were moving from location to location dealing with collapsing or compromised roofs. The snow pack with the addition of rain is proving to be too much for some buildings.

According to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, as of late Friday there had been 93 roof collapses in the state; 13 on Friday alone.


The Skating Club of Boston had to be evacuated while crews inspected the roof.

District Fire Chief Dennis Keeley on the Skating Club evacuation.

Officials say snow was sliding off the main building on Soldiers Field Road in Brighton and accumulating on the flat roof attached to it. About 100 people were inside at the time.

The snow on the flat roof reached a depth of about eight feet. Under that roof were a Zamboni machine, refrigeration equipment and locker rooms.

District Fire Chief Dennis Keeley says he has serious concerns about the structural integrity of a 150 foot section of flat roof that’s covered with snow. He noticed a couple of bricks on the ground next to the building.

Once all of the snow is off the flat roof, the building will be inspected again. If it passes people will be allowed back in the building then.


A Target store in Woburn is closed so workers can clear snow from the roof.

There are several dozen people on the roof moving the snow to tarps which are then lowered to the ground with cranes.

Once on the ground the snow is melted in an industrial machine.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports from Woburn.


The post office in Weston was evacuated and closed Saturday morning after water leakage prompted fears of a roof collapse. There has been no collapse, but crews did inspect the building.

In Methuen there’s great concern about the safety of school buildings.

All public schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday so crews can clear snow off the roofs.


People in a mobile home park in Chelmsford were still working Saturday on clearing their roofs after some residents started to notice their ceilings bowing.

In that neighborhood neighbors were helping neighbors as some of them weren’t able to do the work for themselves.

People living in 12 of the homes left Friday night after emergency crews inspected the buildings.

WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez reports.


It’s a scene seen a lot these days. People on roofs clearing the snow. But it’s not always done with a shovel. Some places are bringing snow blowers up to the roof in hopes of getting the job done faster and with less strain.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports.


Structural engineer Garrick Goldenberg of the Wentworth Institute of Technology says if you have more than 12 inches of snow on your roof, especially flat roofs, you should get someone to remove it.

He adds that one of the biggest warning signs that your roof is in danger of collapsing is sagging ceilings. You may also hear creaking and cracking.

WBZ News Radio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe talked with Goldenberg.

Comments (32)
  1. Talia Ilana Spierer says:

    We were evacuated on Thursday from our building due to concerns of roof damage due to the snow pack. We were lucky, and back to work Friday.

  2. spoutinghorn says:

    When is all this Global Warming going to stop??? (Yes, I do understand that Global Warming causes Global Cooling)

    1. iseestupidpeopleeverywhere says:

      wow, talk about 1984 style logic

    2. orwellwassoooright says:

      If you think al gore is an honest fellow, go watch the debate he had with Ross Perot on NAFTA… EVERY SINGLE THING HE SAID WAS BULL SCHMIT. – part 1 but be sure to watch all 8 parts, it will blow your mind how much schmit he was shoveling, and how much of it we all swallowed.

      But then again, most people were more concerned with Monica Scented Cigars, Boxers or Briefs, and Sexual Relations.

      1. make it happen says:

        hey that’s a much better link to find all 8 parts.

        All the anti-man made global warming should make that VIRAL!

    3. Bot says:

      You are drinking the Algore Kool Aid. How can warming of the Earth cause cooling? Use some logic, spouting horn.

    4. Lance Weatherbee says:

      What is the correct temperature or amount of snow? I didn’t know we had any idea what the weather was supposed to be if we weren’t here. The weather was continuously changing before we were hear.

    5. rex says:

      Help me Al Gore – Save me!

      Same me from ManBearPig…

    6. Check the facts - our historical global temps have always gone up and down says:

      Global warming causes global cooling? Does that mean that global cooling could also cause global warming? Give me a break. It’s junk science that is being promoted for more of the progressive redistribution of wealth scheme.

    7. Soetoro says:

      As soon as Al Gore gets $1 Billion I guarantee that this global warming will stop. Then comes Little Al’s next plan. We will need to generate CO2 to stop the ice age. That’s right, if you don’t generate enough CO2, then you WILL pay a penalty. That’s when Little Al gets his second Billion Dollars, then we’ll go back to global warming again. Have fun! Keep those check rolling in to Little Al. The Chinese aristocrats are rolling on the floor laughing about this every day.

    8. Steven says:

      Hot = Cold

      Left = Right

      Good = Evil

      Right = Wrong

  3. JamesT says:

    Wow, look what “Global Warming” has done!!!!!

  4. proudnot2bliberal says:

    for those who still believ that idiot gore & global warming I have a bridge to sell you

  5. GREEN JOB$ CZAR says:

    “The Planet Has A Fever” – Al Gore 2007

    And in 2011 the Fever caused roofs to collapse.

  6. anne says:

    Al Gore made millions and millions of idiots still believe his theory.
    Quote by Ringling ” a sucker is born every minute. “

  7. Dr. Bomaby says:

    “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” ~ H. L. Mencken


    Presenting the Global Warming Anthem: “FROZEN WASTELAND” –

  9. Libertarian says:

    Yep, I’m sure all those roofs used UNION laborers to construct them.

    What a useless, lazy, overpaid bunch of knuckle draggers!

    1. P S M says:

      Laborers are not used to construct buildings. There are various crafts that each work together to build according to plans that have been approved by licensed engineers. It is the design by civil engineers or inferior material used by the contractor that has failed not the installation by professional craft persons. I have worked for 40 years as a union journeyman wireman and have seen very few individuals with the character flaws with which you in ignorance attribute to them.

  10. Abbey says:

    Don’t you realize that warm air attracts moisture. This causes rain. Rain turns to snow when it reaches cold air. The warm air is caused by global warming. The cold air rain reaches is caused by the…oops.

  11. David Thomas says:

    Uninsulated roofs don’t collapse.

  12. Bob In Mered says:

    I do not doubt Global Warming I just doubt AL and all the other alarmist.
    The World has been through more than one Ice Age, without Global Warming we would still be stuck in the first one. What is funny is science forgets the world warmed for decades prior to the start of the Little Ice Age. I doubt man played any part in past warming or cooling of the earth so I have doubts this time too.

    1. Bot says:

      Yup, there were no SUV’s when the last global warming occurred.

  13. Teddy Kennedy's SEARCH+RESCUE says:

    Wind, Solar, Battery Cars, Recyled Toilet Paper, Mercury filled light bulbs.

    It’s ALL for the children.

  14. Hank Warren says:

    Fake global warming, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress, except Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  15. Kevin says:

    The US is a weak, feminized, clueless, common sense lacking nanny-state today….

  16. REV Wright says:

    Only idiot commie lib “gubment” hack Democrat parasites believe Al Gore, JR. Atlas has Shrugged.

  17. SickofSnowinMass says:

    Lance Weatherbee makes a good point. Do a search on “Milankovich Cycles” to learn more about how earth goes through thousands to ten-thousand+ year cycles of being closer to, or farther from, the sun based on its orbital path, tilt on our axis and amount of “wobble”.

  18. JohnMichael says:

    Age-old Solution: Peaked roofs for snowy areas; flat roofs for rainwater collection in warm areas.

  19. Sandberg says:

    It’s mind-boggling how ignorant Americans are when it comes to climate change. It’s a question of science, not politics.

  20. lectricman says:

    The same people who voted for Duval Patrick & Barack Obama, believe that all the snow is caused by “Global Warming”.

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