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Big bill for snow removal in Nanaimo

The cleanup from last week’s snow storm in Nanaimo is over, and the bill has been tallied up. The City’s Manager of Road and Traffic Services, Brian Denbigh, says it cost $168,000. That’s from the time is started snowing on February 22nd up until Monday.

Denbigh says that includes the cost of operating snow removal equipment, salt for the roads, and labour. Employees had to be paid overtime for pulling 12-hour shifts.

Denbigh says they stuck to their game plan of clearing highways and emergency routes first. That left many of side streets snowed in for longer than they would have liked, but he says they were cleared within their policy of 96 hours after the snow stopped.

Neither Gibsons nor Sechelt have released figures for storm cleanup, but officials in Sechelt say they’re still well within budget for snow removal with one month left in the fiscal year.

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