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Snow and ice dams keeping roofers busy

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A garage in River Heights collapsed into itself this week, a result of high snow levels on the roof and an aging construction.

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Home and business owners are scrambling to take care of the excess snow and subsequent ice buildup which sits high above their heads.

Roofing businesses specializing in snow removal and ice-dam busting are in high demand right now.

"I could use an extra crew or two, but I just don’t have the experienced manpower right now," offered Kevin Lansard, owner of Lansard Bros. Roofing Ltd., this afternoon. "We’re getting by OK, though."

Winnipeg has seen more than twice as much snow as normal this winter, a fact not lost on a homeowner in River Heights. Earlier this week, a garage in the Winnipeg neighbourhood collapsed into itself, a result of high snow levels on the roof and an older building.

Luckily, no one was inside the garage when it happened.

Lansard said he has a two-week waiting list for a residential property.

Prices range between $150 to anywhere over the $600 mark, depending on the snow removal company.

 

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