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Arlington to receive more than $300,000 for 2012 microburst

Posted by Brock Parker  July 22, 2013 01:51 PM

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The state will pay Arlington more than $300,000 for unexpected expenses caused by a microburst that knocked over trees and power lines in July 2012.

The $307,450 in storm-related funding for Arlington is part of a supplemental Fiscal Year 2013 budget signed by Gov. Deval Patrick this month.

The funding was included as an amendment filed by state Sen. Ken Donnelly, D-Arlington, and state representatives Sean Garballey, D-Arlington and Dave Rogers, D-Cambridge, according to Donnelly’s office.

The microburst, or sinking column of wind, generated gusts of 70 to 80 miles per hour on July 18, 2012, knocking down dozens of trees in East Arlington. Shortly after the storm, Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine estimated the cleanup and repair costs would be between $325,000 to $350,000.

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