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Snow, Ice Plague State Buildings

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More roof problems were reported around the state on Friday,  including those which forced evacuations at day care centers in Middletown and Colchester,  and one which prompted authorities to evacuate several hundred residents at the Cromwell Gardens Condominium complex in Cromwell.

A snow-covered, vacant building that once had been used as a boxing gym collapsed on Main Street in Stafford Springs Friday afternoon,  sending bricks and debris raine onto the street and damaging a minivan.  One witness says people heard something that sounded like trees cracking.  State police closed Main Street in the area.

In Vernon,  Mayor Jason McCoy put out a call for volunteers to help clear snow of the 150,000 square foot roof of Rockville High school.

The landlord of the building housing the Tariffville Post Office in Simsbury ordered an emergency evacuation of the Post Office,  and access to the mail boxes and the mail deposit box was cut off. (See story.)

The accumulation of snow and ice on the roof of the Freitas Ice Forum at UConn has prompted temporary closing of the building,  and relocation of the games scheduled there. (See story.)

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra said more than 120 contract workers will be out in force through the weekend,   removing snow and ice from city-owned buildings,  with Bulkeley, Weaver and Hartford Public High Schools the first priorities.

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