Lower Mainland roofs no match for rain-heavy snow
At least five roofs have collapsed in Metro Vancouver because of heavy snow and rain in a little over 24 hours.
In the latest incident, a residential roof caved in in Port Coquitlam. Witnesses say the interior of the property could be clearly seen, including furniture.
The roof of a storage warehouse in Burnaby also caved in, but no one was injured.
"It kind of shifted off sideways and collapsed," said Assistant Fire Chief Ward Rossiter of the Burnaby Fire Department.
In Port Moody, residents of a townhouse complex have been evacuated because of a partial roof collapse.
And a roof that was being built on a housing project in Vancouver partly collapsed. Police say this was partly due to the weather.
On Monday, the roof over a swimming pool at a Surrey recreation centre completely caved in, but no one was hurt.
Pool supervisor Michelle Vallee said it fell moments after she evacuated the building.
One roofer who spoke to CTV News said the snow was absorbing the heavy rain that fell around the region Tuesday, doubling or even tripling the weight pressure on roofs.
With files from The Canadian Press