HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Snow-weary Northeasterners still digging out driveways and clearing roads from a weekend storm are facing possible danger from above as well. Officials are warning about roofs collapsing from the weight of snow and ice along with recent rainfall.
In Connecticut, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the number of reported roof collapses across Connecticut had grown to at least 16 by early evening on Monday, up from five in the morning. He warned places with flat roofs, like schools, to get them cleared.
Police on Long Island evacuated one of the area's biggest malls on Monday because of major roof leaks. The Smith Haven Mall in Suffolk County was cleared by 4 p.m. Monday after significant leaks were detected in more than two dozen stores. Police worried the roof could collapse.