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Snowstorm Costs Add Up for City of Eugene

Rachael McDonald

The snow storm and sub-freezing temperatures that hit the South Willamette Valley this month cost the City of Eugene about $125-thousand. Public Works is still cleaning up from the event.


Crews were on the job 24 / 7 for 7 days according to Eugene Public Works spokesman Eric Jones. Weather forecasters didn't predict the 8 inches of snow that fell in Eugene Friday December 6th, followed by temperatures that plummeted as low at minus 10. Many streets were covered in ice for a full week. Jones says the costs added up fast.

Jones: "We put out almost a thousand cubic yards of gravel, nearly 66-hundred gallons of magnesium chloride which is the liquid de-icer we use. And then of course, we have the overtime with crews working round-the-clock, 12-hour shifts."

Jones says the city budgeted about $100 thousand for a weather event. The cost so far for this storm is $125 thousand. Jones calls it a wash, but it's still early in the season. His fingers are crossed that there won't be another storm on the same scale this winter.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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