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Crews Clearing Snow From Roofs After Evacuating 600+ Residents

The effort continues at the Patriots Park Apartments in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to clear snow from the rooftops of eight apartment buildings after one roof collapsed and another buckled, forcing the evacuation of more than 600 people.

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    Over 600 people were evacuated from the Patriots Park Apartments after one roof collapse and another buckled on Sunday. (Published Monday, Feb. 16, 2015)

    The effort continues at the Patriots Park Apartments in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to clear snow from the rooftops of eight apartment buildings after one roof collapsed and another buckled, forcing the evacuation of more than 600 people.

    Kelley Ericson came home from a weekend away to find men on rooftops, empty parking lots, and a locked front door. She lives in Building 1, which is one of two buildings in the Patriots Park apartment complex to suffer a partial roof collapse Sunday. She convinced a maintenance crew to escort her inside to get some things for herself and her two young kids.

    Sarah Lennon and Michael Wood also live in Building 1. They were still in bed Sunday morning when they heard the roof start popping.

    "I honestly wondered if plow crashed into building," Wood said.

    More than 600 people were forced to evacuate for their safety. Everyone made it out okay, and now residents have turned their attention to the crews cleaning up. Contractor JNR Gutters has 30 to 40 men working in shifts to clear the snow. Foreman Vinny Brandolini admits it's a risky job made even more dangerous by the extreme temperatures.

    The property management company is paying for families to stay in hotels until they can move back in. That may not happen until late next week. 

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