New Canaanites take on the weather at home
Does anyone remember what grass looks like?
Whether is has been snow or ice, New Canaanites have become jaded thanks to the unusually severe winter.
"The snow and ice have been a nightmare," New Canaan resident David Lee said. "We lost the ability to use one of our garage bays and we have had a sheet of ice covering much of our driveway."
Lee also said all the snow on his roof and gutters caused a slight leak in his kitchen. Not surprising considering New Canaan has received well over 60 inches of snowfall since Christmas. The snow is certainly more likely to cause leaks in homes if it has not been cleared off. But who is really going to risk life and limb to climb up a slippery roof to get some snow off? The danger lies with signs of collapse. While homes with slanted roofs are not at as much risk, flat-roofed office buildings and other structures should take note. Gov. Dannel Malloy discussed that very issue in a press release last month.
"I'd urge Connecticut residents to prepare for the next six weeks or so, and clear off snow from unstable structures and their roofs," Malloy cautioned. "This is especially important for buildings that have anything close to a flat roof."
New Canaan's Gulf gas station on South Avenue had just such a problem on Feb. 2 when the fire marshal temporarily closed several pumps because the canopy showed structural issues with too much snow.
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"Clearing the flat roofs of our office buildings, then trucking away the snow was an expensive and time consuming activity, but a necessary one," New Canaan resident and contractor Scott Hobbs said. "Unfortunately, no matter how hard people try to be careful, removing that much snow and ice can always cause a nick in at least one place. Good thing that we know good roofers!"
Clearing roofs and gutters are not even the typical snow removal chore. What has really been getting to residents is the relatively straightforward task of clearing the driveway. The amount of snow has even stopped big SUVs and other all-wheel drive vehicles.
"The sheer volume of snow has been oppressive," Hobbs said. "It has become a back breaking activity to shovel around areas like garage doors as the spoil piles grow to exceed your height. Having to dig a single shovel width path to the road so that our SUV can still get traction without bellying out due to the depth of the snow has certainly been the best all-body workout that I can imagine."
While Hobbs is managing to stay in good spirits, other residents who normally love the snow and thrive in the winter are calling for Mother Nature to cut it out already.
"Our family generally loves the winter, particularly on weekends when we like to shovel the deck and barbecue steaks, but eat inside," John Goodwin said. "The kids have been loving the snow days. But its gotten old fast."
On the upside, the days are getting longer and sunnier. But the best part may be what the National Weather Service has not reported for this weekend. No snow. With fewer than 40 days remaining until spring, it might be the best news New Canaan has heard in a long time.