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Arlington estimates damage from 'microburst' will top $325,000

Posted by Brock Parker  July 24, 2012 05:28 PM

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Arlington officials said Tuesday that cost of cleanup and repairs after a microburst of heavy storm winds knocked over trees and power lines last week could reach $350,000.

The microburst, or sinking column of wind, generated wind speeds of 70 to 80 miles per hour causing heavy damage for about a square mile in East Arlington on July 18.

Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine’s office issued a press release Tuesday afternoon that the clean-up and repairs cost is estimated between $325,000 to $350,000. The estimate includes the cost of town labor and private contractors to address the storm damage, including the replacement of 90 town trees, as well as traffic signals, street lights, fencing, and other infrastructure items.

Repairs are underway, and the town will continue to work with state and federal officials to pursue financial assistance to defray the costs of the storm, Chapdelaine’s office said.

--brock.globe@gmail.com

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