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'The Cape Breton way': When windows started busting, apartment residents banded together

This was the view Sunday afternoon from Bedi Singh's Sydney, N.S., apartment. Huge snowfall accumulated outside of his ground-floor unit and broke windows. The same thing happened to other units in the building. (Bedi Singh/Facebook - image credit)
This was the view Sunday afternoon from Bedi Singh's Sydney, N.S., apartment. Huge snowfall accumulated outside of his ground-floor unit and broke windows. The same thing happened to other units in the building. (Bedi Singh/Facebook - image credit)

Bedi Singh was in his Sydney, N.S., apartment early Sunday afternoon with his girlfriend playing video games when a day of boredom was suddenly interrupted.

Between the snow accumulating outside of his ground-floor unit and the snow coming down from the building's roof, the pressure on windows in his unit was so intense that they started bursting.

"I was just on my bed and it fall down and boom, the living room [window] went down, my room window gone. Then 10 minutes later boom, another gone. Then 10 minutes later boom, another gone," said Singh.

As of Monday morning, parts of Cape Breton Island had received more than 86 centimetres of snow from a major winter storm. The Cape Breton Regional Municipality is under a local state of emergency.

Singh said the snow almost reached the second-floor units at his building. He gathered up about a dozen of the Rotary Drive building's residents and they went outside to shovel in front of other ground-floor units to prevent more windows from bursting.

Bedi Singh says he and his girlfriend were playing video games in his bedroom when the snow came bursting in.
Bedi Singh says he and his girlfriend were playing video games in his bedroom when the snow came bursting in.

Singh says he and his girlfriend were playing video games in his bedroom when the snow came bursting in. (Bedi Singh/Facebook)

He and the others also covered around a half-dozen broken windows with plywood.

"It was just all people that lived in there, help each other, like, the Cape Breton way," he said.

At Michael Ludlow's home in Broughton, Cape Breton, the roof on one of his barns collapsed from the overwhelming amount of snow. He estimated there was two metres of snow on the steel roof.

"I got that much snow," he told CBC's Information Morning Cape Breton. "I don't know what to do."

Bedi Singh says the snow was close to coming up to second-floor units at his Sydney, N.S., apartment building.
Bedi Singh says the snow was close to coming up to second-floor units at his Sydney, N.S., apartment building.

Singh says the snow was so deep it came close to the second-floor units at his apartment building. (Bedi Singh/Facebook)

Ludlow said he has a backhoe on his property and there is so much snow that he can barely see it.

The 72-year-old said he's seen a lot of snow in his day, but nothing like this. He's also worried about the snow on the roof of his home, some of which tumbled off this weekend.

"It was just like an avalanche," he said. "You wouldn't believe it. Two o'clock in the morning, me and the wife jumped out of bed. I didn't know what the hell happened."

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