Snow leads to Bronx roof collapse

Rob Nelson reports
February 5, 2014 2:20:44 PM PST
During this frigid winter, we've heard so much about the dangers on the road, but on Wednesday we saw some cautionary tales about the dangers right above your head.

The roof of a house along University Place in the Bronx came crashing down. The weight of all the heavy snow and ice proved to be just too much to handle. Neighbors were caught off guard.

"I was actually pretty surprised because I didn't expect any of this to happen," Jeremy Marchena, a neighbor, said.

Officials say the roof collapsed about 9:30 this morning. Luckily, no one was inside at the time and authorities say the building remains structurally sound.

The weight of the white stuff also led some scary moments outside a Duane Reade in Union Square. The awning literally came crashing to the ground. Fortunately, no one was injured. Crews then sliced it up to haul away - another casualty of old man winter.

Back in the Bronx, a public insurance adjuster says the owners of the home could have a long way to go.

'It depends on the contractor, they could be out of the house for a few months at least," Alfredo Vazquez, public adjuster, said.

The adjuster says, as the snow tally continues to climb this winter, make sure to keep your roofs as clear and maintained as best you can. He says the repairs here could cost up to $200,000.