WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s Office of the Fire Commissioner says homeowners and building managers should check the level of snow buildup on their roofs.
“Excessive snow accumulation this winter has greatly increased the risk of roof
collapse in parts of Manitoba,” the department said.
“There have been several recent incidents of buildings suffering either partial or a total roof collapse due to excessive snow load. The recent warm weather has resulted in
much of the snow load becoming heavier, which has further increased the risk.”
Winnipeg received about 67 centimetres of snow in December alone, making buildup much more concerning than in previous winters.
The Fire Commissioner’s office recommends safely checking the depth of snow, and if required, seek professional assistance.
Older buildings with flat or low-slope roofs which were constructed prior to the development of modern building codes are often the most vulnerable structures.