Cost of Winter Storm Pax to area still being calculated
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 12:00 AM
Officials this week began adding up costs from Winter Storm Pax, which swept through the state last week and left more than five inches of snow and ice in its wake.
A local street is shown covered in snow after Winter Storm Pax.
Crews throughout the Lakelands spent hours clearing roads of snow and sleet during the three-day blizzard – one officials deemed as the state's worst winter storm in a decade. The snow-removal effort cost Greenwood and Abbeville counties at least $100,000 in man hours, materials and resources, according to early estimates from emergency management and S.C. Department of Transportation officials.
Billy Lybrand, Greenwood County's SCDOT maintenance engineer, said crews are getting back to normal operations this week, and noted that the public helped technicians immensely by staying indoors during the storm. He said officials are still trying to calculate costs for the storm, but estimated Greenwood County's DOT office spent roughly $50,000 on materials. That accounted for approximately 400 tons of salt and 700 tons of sand crews used to plow through nearly 740 miles of roads in the county.
Lybrand said that he has yet to calculate labor and equipment costs, but indicated this year's storm would come in at less of an expense that the four-day ice and snow storm in 2011, which cost the state transportation agency at least $2.7 million in operational costs.
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