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Articles: Storm Damage Takes Its Toll
The Toronto Star - January 19, 1999

Snow-swamped homeowners be warned.

If you bought limited house insurance to save money, you likely won't be covered for recent storm damage, experts say.

Insurance policies range from "no-frills" to comprehensive plans, said a spokesperson for the Co-operators insur class="body-txt"ance company.

Some policies will cover the collapse of a roof because of snow buildup and water damage by ice damming, but others do not, warns the Insurance Bureau of Canada. Meanwhile, thousands of Toronto homeowners can't get professional companies to clear the snow off their roofs.

"It's a phenomenon," said Sid Silverberg, an owner of Dominion Roofers, adding that as of yesterday he had a backlog of 800 orders.

The danger of the heavy snow piled up on the roofs of houses and commercial buildings continues.

All 28 employees of Medallion Industries in Vaughan escaped injury yesterday when the flat roof of the Keele Street manufacturing plant buckled under the weight of melting snow.

"We feel very lucky there was no one in that area at the time," said Darryl Lawrence, general manager of the fence division of the firm which manufactures and powder-coats fences.

The workers were in an office in another area of the plant "when we heard something that sounded like thunder and then the power went off, "Lawrence said.

The steel roof collapsed at about 9:15 a.m., said York Region police Constable Ronald Ralph.

The aftermath of Toronto's recent snowstorms has been painful in more ways than one. Chiropractics are reporting numerous patients suffering back and neck pains from shovelling snow. And St. Joseph Health Centre said it has been treating people with broken limbs from slipping on icy sidewalks and roads.


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