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Snow Finally Blows Over, Leaving Behind Big Mess and Flood Risk

November 15, 1996

CLEVELAND (AP) _ A meltdown of the deep snow in northeastern Ohio was expected to bring a risk of flooding and more roof collapses this weekend.

Snow gave way to sun today and the temperature was forecast to reach 40 by this afternoon and the 50s by Saturday. That should start to melt the up to 4 feet of snow that has fallen in the region in the past week.

Bill Randel, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said the chances of severe flooding were slim because the warm-up will be gradual, and no heavy rain is expected. Still, he said, people should be prepared.

``There is a threat just because of how much snow is out there,″ he said.

Snow was blamed for the partial collapse of a roof Thursday on the Magnif Manufacturing Co., a toy maker in Mentor, and dozens of smaller cases of roof damage and collapsing carports.

``It’s all over the place,″ said Mike Mihalisin, chief building officer for Geauga County, east of Cleveland.

Randel said the warmer weather could make the roof situation worse, too.

``Our concern today may be the snow is starting to melt, and it’s going to make snow on the roofs a lot heavier because it’s going to be wet,″ he said.

National Guard troops went to rural Amish homes to make sure they had plenty of food and supplies, Lt. Elvis Medica said.

All but a few of the 180,000 utility customers who lost power had service restored, Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co. reported.