Heavy Snow Causing Damage

STROUDSBURG — What happens when the snow gets too heavy for some rooftops?

One building in Stroudsburg had its roof cave in and sections of the cinderblock walls collapsed.

Patsy Reinheimer lives near the building on Third Street in Stroudsburg.  She said she heard snow moving then:

“It looked like the whole roof went inside the building,” she said.

She says dust from the building and snow went flying through the air. Soon after, fire crews were called to the scene.

That’s when Andrew Molinaro, who works nearby, came over.

“I heard the fire engine, poked my head out the window, saw the collapsed building, it’s pretty bad,” said Molinaro.

Concerned, Molinaro got closer to the scene.

“I ran over to see if anyone was in there,” he said.

Fire crews said no one was inside.  The building is leased to Ray/Sue Family Enterprises, a company that does installation work for Sears-Roebuck.  The building’s owner said it will now have to be knocked down.

The heavy snow also caused problems in other parts of Monroe County.

We found damage to a home at Pocono Mobile Park Estates, near Marshalls Creek.

The woman inside the home did not want to go on camera but tells Newswatch 16 that around noon, she decided she was going to head out for the day but then heard a loud boom. The awning came crashing down with the heavy snow on top which then left her trapped inside.

Fire crews dug a walkway for the woman on the other side of her home so she could get out.

Her neighbor saw what happened and decided to remove more snow off his property.

“I’ve had some leaks, I’m not good with heights. But I was trying to keep the snow off the end of my roof and stuff,” said Dave Williamson, of Marshalls Creek.

We found others doing the same Thursday with shovels in hand and local contractors were also busy moving heavy snow to the ground.

THE HEAVY WET SNOW ON ROOFTOPS IS *STILL* CAUSING PROBLEMS IN OUR AREA…
THIS TIME…AT A HISTORICAL BUILDING IN THE POCONOS…MORE THAN 200 YEARS OLD…
AS NEWSWATCH 16′S RAEGAN MEDGIE SHOWS US…THE DAMAGE WAS CONTAINED…THANKS TO SOME INNOVATIVE THINKING…

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