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Ice storm uses big chunk of city snow-removal budget

February 11, 2011

Indianapolis spent almost half its 2011 budget for snow removal—$3.4 million—to deal with last week’s ice and snow storms, the city announced Friday morning.

The preliminary figure includes spending on salt, equipment, labor and contract costs from Jan. 31 to Feb. 7, the city said. The storms left more than an inch of ice and nearly 4 inches of snow.

The city also said Friday that it has spent $5.4 million fighting winter weather since the beginning of the year, or about 75 percent of the $7.3 million it budgeted for snow removal in 2011.

In addition:

— City plow drivers worked more than 19,000 hours, all in 12-hour shifts, from Jan. 31 to Feb. 7. Support staff worked more than 472 hours.

—  The city used more than 200 contractors from Feb. 2 to Feb. 6 for salting and plowing neighborhood streets, at a cost of $532,500.

—  More than 27,923 tons of salt were used on city roads and 67 school parking lots from Jan. 31 to Feb. 7 at a cost of more than $2 million.
 

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