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Snow Clearance Can Help Prevent Flooding, Roof Damage

The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting up to " of rain for all areas in the State on Monday. Large amounts of snow that become saturated with water can cause problems with flooding and damage to roofs.

To help prevent damage from heavy, wet snow, all Rhode Islanders are urged to:

  • Clear snow surrounding storm drains, fire hydrants, and manhole covers.
  • Flat roofs should be shoveled clear, but only if you can determine that the roof is safe to stand upon. Use caution when on the roof to avoid injuries or falls. Flat roof drainage systems should be kept clear to minimize the risk of excess roof ponding.
  • If roof snow can be safely removed from ground level, use a snow rake (available at most hardware or home improvement stores) to remove snow. Be aware of where power lines are located on the roof as metal snow rakes will conduct electricity if they come into contact with a power line. Avoid working on ladders, as ladder rungs can ice up and become slippery.
  • Clear sidewalks and walkways for safe passage by pedestrians and mail carriers.
  • Help friends, family, and neighbors do the same.
  • Clear snow surrounding storm drains, fire hydrants, and manhole covers.
  • Flat roofs should be shoveled clear, but only if you can determine that the roof is safe to stand upon. Use caution when on the roof to avoid injuries or falls. Flat roof drainage systems should be kept clear to minimize the risk of excess roof ponding.
  • If roof snow can be safely removed from ground level, use a snow rake (available at most hardware or home improvement stores) to remove snow. Be aware of where power lines are located on the roof as metal snow rakes will conduct electricity if they come into contact with a power line. Avoid working on ladders, as ladder rungs can ice up and become slippery.
  • Clear sidewalks and walkways for safe passage by pedestrians and mail carriers.
  • Help friends, family, and neighbors do the same.

For regularly updated information on the response to the Winter Storm, visit www.riema.ri.gov

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Department or agency: Emergency Management Agency

Online: http://www.riema.ri.gov/

Release date: 02-10-2013

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