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Ice storm cleanup costs top $100,000 for St. Lawrence, Jefferson counties


St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties spent more than $100,000 on the 2013 ice storm, but the costs are continuing to mount as highway crews continue to clear debris.

The storm, which coated the region with several inches of ice, cost the St. Lawrence County Highway Department at least $85,000 for gas, sand and salt, and equipment, interim Superintendent William E. Dashnaw said.

The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority opened on a Sunday during the storm so county trucks could fill up with salt — stored at the port — because the county had run out of the ice-melting material, Mr. Dashnaw said.

After a state of emergency was declared, the department spent $8,000 on outside fuel fill-ups, he said.

Jefferson County has spent between $50,000 and $55,000 on the ice storm, according to county Highway Superintendent James L. Lawrence Jr.

St. Lawrence County has two crews still working on brush cleanup, Mr. Dashnaw said.

“We haven’t made a dent in it,” he said.

The brush being cut back now includes trees and branches trimmed after the 1998 ice storm which have grown back, Mr. Dashnaw said.

Debris cleanup will likely continue into the summer.

“That’s when I’ll know the real cost,” Mr. Dashnaw said.

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