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Blizzard will cost Madison up to $500K

Published On: Dec 26 2012 12:12:36 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 26 2012 09:32:14 PM CST
First round of snow blowing from Blue Mounds Wisconsin

First round of snow blowing from Blue Mounds Wisconsin


The cost of clearing snow and repairing damage from Thursday’s blizzard will cost Madison between $450,000 and $500,000, according to city officials.

It’s roughly double the cost of a typical winter storm.

The figure was shared with the media during a report from Mayor Paul Soglin and the city’s public works officials.

The officials said they learned a lot from the 2009 blizzard and were better prepared with a better response.

Soglin said more than 175 pieces of public and private equipment were used to clear city streets during the storm. He said the city got to many residential streets first because they didn’t want the snow to accumulate there.

Soglin praised city departments for their response to the snow emergency but said the plans continue to be a work in progress.

"Every time we have a storm like this we learn from it; we review and learn how we can do things better, and we'll be doing that in coming weeks," Soglin said.

The storm dumped up to 19 inches of snow in the city.

City officials acknowledged some neighborhoods still need plowing and that cul-de-sacs are a problem.

City of Madison crews will be out Wednesday night and Thursday moving piles to snow to widen roadways and improve visibility for drivers.

"We made it through the city in a 24-hour period. We tried to get everything back as much as we could. We will still be working throughout tonight and tomorrow for vision hazards, widening streets, things like that," said Chris Kelley, Madison streets superintendent.

The storm shut down Madison schools and Madison Metro bus service for two days.

Madison's fire chief said that his crews responded to more than 300 calls during the storm, partly due to all of the downed power lines.

Thousands of homes were without power at some point during the storm and the cold, windy weather that followed it.

The Madison Fire Department is reminding homeowners to keep all fire hydrants clear of snow.

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