FARGO — People spent most of the day trying to dig out, push out and clear off after over a foot of snow blanketed the area Sunday, Dec. 29, but it was too much to handle for some.
Fargo firefighters dealt with a roof collapse at a home, among many emergencies during the blizzard.
After the storm, others are doing their best to stop a collapse from happening to them, using things like ice rakes to get the weight of the snow off.
"Weight can put stress on the structure, so it could be very dangerous," said Dan Oman, the senior account manager at Tecta Dakotas in Fargo. "You could have roof collapses, ice dams forming, things like that."
Oman said there are a few differences when it comes to how certain roofs deal with snow.
"Typically, a flat (roof) will hold it more, whereas a slope roof would typically shed it a little bit better," he said.
Usually, during storms, people bring shovels up to the roof, and some even did it during the storm Sunday.
But Oman said you shouldn't go too hard with them and take shingles off, and leave about an inch of snow between each shingle to prevent it from happening.
"Make sure you know what you're doing up there, because the last thing you want to do is get up and remove the snow, and have the roof start leaking," he said. "It's a long way down, so make sure you're safe."