A historic storm has battered the Mid-Atlantic region on Friday and Saturday dumping up of 36 inches of snow. Streets and highways shut down.; train and planes services canceled. In Philadelphia had it’s second highest snowfall on record at 28.5 inches.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter proclaim an emergency for the city. Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell declared a disaster emergency and Jack Markell Governor of Delaware also called a state of emergency.
“We’ve got to make sure that our roads stay clear,” said Governor Markell.
Mayor Nutter warned falling temperatures will mean ice on the roads— and “there’s not a snowplow made in the world that can do very much with that.” He urged residents to check on neighbors and the elderly.
Meanwhile, the heavy snow hit the Washington, DC Baltimore region cause road closures and roofs to collapse. Four building roofs collapse in and around the DC area.
A tree fell on the Joshua Temple Firstborn Church on Saturday. The weight of the tree and snowfall caused the roof collapse in Northeast Washington.Then the wall buckled and caved-in.
A roof of a house collapsed on the 3400 block 10th St also Northeast.
“This is one of our worst fears,” says D.C. Fire Chief Dennis Rubin. “If the roof systems begin to collapse it’s going to take a lot of resources and is going to be very difficult.” There were no injuries in either collapse.
There were a half a dozen partial collapse in Washington.
A roof at the Dulles Jet Port in Sterling,VA collapse. Five people were inside but no one was injured according to Rob Yingling, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokesman. Yingling said there major damage to the building and extensive examination of the building will need done.
A fourth major collapse was to a warehouse in the town of California,MD. A firefighter suffered a minor cut to his hand.