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Estimates Put Cost of January Blizzard At $9 Million

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The January blizzard cost state and local governments an estimated $9 million, according to preliminary numbers from the governor’s office. As Rhode...

The January blizzard cost state and local governments an estimated $9 million, according to preliminary numbers from the governor’s office.

As Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison reports, the estimate comes the same week that federal emergency management officials began touring the state to assess the impact of the Blizzard.

The preliminary numbers show state spending accounted for nearly half of the total, about $3 million. The bulk was used by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, the agency responsible for clearing major roads of snow and ice.

RIDOT officials have said funds for snow removal are running thin. Governor Gina Raimondo's office said she is working with RIDOT and other agencies to avoid deficit spending after a series of winter storms.

“This winter season is on pace to be among the snowiest on record," said Raimondo's Spokeswoman Marie Aberger. "As the winter progresses, we are coordinating with all state agencies to evaluate their budgets and ensure we have the supplies we need to keep the roads safe for our families."

Meanwhile, teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency arrived in Rhode Island Wednesday to assess the impact of the blizzard. Their assessment will help determine whether state and municipal governments qualify for federal aid to help pay for blizzard response and recovery.

Aberger says Governor Raimondo is coordinating with the state’s congressional delegation to submit an official request for a federal disaster declaration.

Estimates Put Cost of January Blizzard At $9 Million
Estimates Put Cost of January Blizzard At $9 Million