Blizzard Cost

30 hours of continual snowfall required the use of 45 equipment operators, 15 city temporary drivers, and 60 contracted units, all of which added up to a big bill for the city.

“It cost us $535,000, obviously when you have about 30 hours of snow falling and then it starts on a weekend, so that starts our overtime right away. We worked 24-hour shifts starting, then salt costs, equipment costs, so it cost us $535,000 to do the cleanup,” said Linda LaCloche, Communications Manager for the City of Naperville.

The biggest chunk of that, $220,000 went to outside contract workers who were hired from other cities to help out during the big storm.

Despite record-breaking snowfall amounts, the recent blizzard clean up costs came nowhere close to breaking the bank. $3.1 million is budgeted for snow operations for this year’s winter season.

There’s no worry about a salt shortage like we had last year, the city still has 12,000 tons on hand for this season’s needs.

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