Sunday, February 10, 2013
Light, fluffy snow on rooftops can act as a sponge for rain, which is in the forecast for Monday.
With rain in Woonsocket's forecast for Monday, the Blizzard of '13 may not be finished wreaking havoc in Rhode Island. While temperatures dropped overnight on Friday resulting in light, fluffy snow, officials warn that fluffy snow piled high on roofs can act as a sponge, absorbing rain and adding additional stress to structures. Relatively flat roofs are particularly vulnerable, MEMA says. In other cases, roof ice dams have formed causing water build-up, leading to interior damage. These conditions can accelerate the snowmelt. To minimize the risk of over-stressing a building roof due to accumulated or drifting snow: Information from a release by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) was used in this report.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Inspectors checking building to determine if it can be saved.
Social Street near #781 remains closed to traffic today from Elm Street to Mill Street as inspectors assess whether the building's roof collapse due to a lightning strike has doomed it to a wrecking crew. The RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission hopes it can be saved. Jeffrey D. Emidy, senior project review coordinator with the Commission, says the building could be the oldest remaining historic mill in the city. The structure was built by the Jenks company in 1828. It's an example of Early Republican / Early 20th Century architecture, according to a RI Historic Data Sheet on the property, a period of building during the early days of the country, between 1780 and 1830. In 1896, the mill was the home of the Guerin Spinning …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Vacant building to be demolished tomorrow, area of street near #788 closed all night.
The area of 781 Social Street is closed to traffic following a roof collapse at the vacant Two Stores In One Building. There are no injuries, but police have blocked off the area of the street near the building, and pedestrians are being directed away from the side of the street near the building. Kevin Donnell, who lives across the street, said the collapse happened after a heavy rain and lightning at about 5 p.m. "It was pouring like a son of a gun," he said. Donnell said he called police to report the incident, and police and fire crews were there by about 5:30 p.m. to block off the street and check the building. "I saw the lightning hit the building," Donnell said, though the structure, the former home of Al's Lamp Shop and Candles …