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Icicles create danger for residents

By: WJAC Web Staff

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- Icicles found hanging off most homes and businesses this winter not only damage property but could potentially injure people and pets who stand underneath.

Icicles were formed after the heavy snowfall and the warm temperatures.

Days like Monday where the snow built up on roofs and the sunshine was beaming, icicles were in their prime.

"The roofs have so much snow on them it's really creating a hazard and even larger icicles that what were used to seeing," said Cambria County 911 Director Robbin Melnyk.

"The icicles are getting so large the spouting systems on the roof, it cannot hold the weight," said Mihalko's General Contracting Lou Mihalko.

Mihalko said that those who have porch roofs need to be alert because the icicles create holes right through the roof.

Emergency officials are worried about a person who gets hit with one.

"You know you got broken bones, skull fractures anything that could happen from being hit on the head with a heavy piece of ice thats falling several stories in some case," Melnyk said.

Officials said if you can clean off your roof and knock down the icicles before they get any larger you can eliminate some of the risk.

If your roof is too high and you are unable to do it yourself they advise to just call the professionals.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times