After three feet of snow fell on Middletown from Friday's blizzard and steady rains fell Monday, adding to the weight stressing especially flat-roofed buildings, those walking or driving along Main Street who looked up could spy people clearing the tops.
They were heeding the advice of Fire Marshal Al Santostefano, who urged those who could to safely get up onto flat roofs try sweeping them of snow.
We passed by Liberty Commons, home of the old Hotel Arrigoni, then the March and later the Arriwani Hotel at 605 Main Street, at night and saw a curious sight. At the top of this five-story Colonial Revival building at the corner of Liberty and Main, streets shovels full of snow thumped down into the bed of a giant dump truck patiently waiting at street level.
For more on the history of this building, see the Historic Buildings of Connecticut.
See the video of it yourself, taken from the front of the Buttonwood Tree.