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PlowingA snow plow cleared off a residential street on Friday, Feb. 22, in Kansas City, Kan. (File photo)
Snow removal costs for the Unified Government exceeded $300,000 for the two big snowstorms, Feb. 21 and Feb. 26, according to Bob Roddy, Unified Government director of public works.
The figures included labor, salt and fuel, he said.
More than 50 trucks were plowing the roads here during and after the storms, running 24 hours and working on shifts of 16 hours on, and eight hours off, he said.
The storms left more than 20 inches of snow on the ground in Wyandotte County, with the amounts varying in different parts of the community, Roddy said. It was a big contrast to last year’s mild winter.
“We had more snow in six days than in the last three years combined,” Roddy remarked.
The snowstorms cost the state of Kansas about $6.2 million, according to a Kansas Department of Transportation news release. KDOT pretreated and plowed nearly 880,000 lane miles of highway, enough to circle the earth 35 times, according to the news release.
KDOT had 1,200 employees working 80,000 hours in 575 trucks, in offices and support during the snowstorms. There were 74,000 calls to the state’s 511 weather information number, and 9 million page views on the KDOT website.