Malloy Expresses Concern About Structural Safety After Rains

Gov. Malloy visited Branford Fire Department, discussing several local roof collapses; North Branford Fire Dept. responds to collapse on Blue Jay Lane.


Governor Dannel Malloy visited the Branford Fire Department this afternoon to discuss damage from the blizzard. One of the biggest concerns at this time, he said, was this morning's rain – especially as it freezes as it could lead to worsened driving conditions and structural damage to buildings. (See video for Malloy's comments)

North Branford Fire Chief William Seward reported a roof collapse on Blue Jay Lane in Northford from excessive snow loading.  

"I urge all residents to be aware of the risks of climbing on roofs and removing deep wet heavy snow," said Seward. "Please make sure all furnace vents are clear of snow to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning."

The Branford Fire Department shared the following signs of structural collapse on its Facebook page.

  • Sagging floors or ceilings
  • Cracks in the walls or ceilings 
  • Strange or loud noises coming from the structure 
  • Bowed outside walls 
  • Doors or windows that suddenly no longer work properly 

The above are generally new issues, it would not be cracks, etc., that have been there for a long time. If any of these conditions arise suddenly in your home or office please call 911 and leave the building.

Stay tuned to North Branford Patch for more on Malloy's visit.


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