Houses Collapse Amid Snowstorm

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The “blizzard” on Tuesday turned out to be pretty underwhelming compared to meteorologists forecasts, but it may have been powerful enough to knock down a few homes that were being built in Far Rockaway.

On the morning of Tuesday, March 14, two houses, about two to three stories high, collapsed at the corner of Jarvis Avenue and Beach 7th Street. The Rockaway Nassau Safety Patrol was among the first to respond to the scene, followed by the FDNY and representatives from the NYC Department of Buildings. As the homes were under construction, no one was living in them and no crews were working on the homes during the storm.

The cause of the collapse is still under investigation, but it came as heavy snow and sleet accumulated during the storm. A neighbor said a huge gush of wind occurred right before the collapse.

A sign on the construction site said the buildings were part of a project including 10 luxury residential homes being constructed by the Jarvis Association, based in Valley Stream. The sign said the anticipated completion for the project was summer 2015. It is not clear how long the structure was sitting idle.

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