The massive snow piles from January are melted memories. But the cleanup bills remain.
The latest estimates now show the Snowzilla blizzard cost the County close to $5 million for cleanup operations that stretched over 10 days, beginning with pre-treatments on Thursday, Jan. 21, a day ahead of the flakes.
Through the states, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will cover only the most costly 48-hour window of an emergency — in this case starting just after midnight Sunday, Jan. 24 as the snow tapered off and continuing through Monday, Jan. 25. The County estimates that window accounts for roughly $2 million spent on the storm.
This week, President Obama approved Governor McAuliffe’s request for federal disaster assistance for the blizzard. County staff have filed preliminary paperwork to recover costs and next week will follow up with the first in a series of meetings with Federal and state officials.
County Manager Mark Schwartz told the County Board yesterday that the reimbursement process is a lengthy one and final payments are not likely to be seen by the County for a few years.