Coloradans love snow and the promise of winter activities that it brings. But winter storms can also have a dark side. Case in point: The massive blizzard that hit the Mile High City and the Front Range in March 2003.
According to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association (RMIIA), that storm was the most expensive in Colorado history, with resulting insurance claims totaling upwards of $93.3 million.
Of course, you’ve likely already taken steps to prepare your home for winter weather. But, what do you do when the storm actually arrives?Here’s some information culled from the RMIIA and Ready Colorado for guidance.
If you are dressed appropriately and can do it safely, you may try to periodically clear snow off any outdoor decks to prevent collapses. Do not, however, attempt to clear off your roof; it’s simply not worth the risk.
RMIIA suggests that, once the storm has passed, check snow accumulation on the downwind side of higher-level roofs (where blowing snow typically collects), and consult a professional contractor who can remove the ice and snow safely, and without damaging your roof.
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