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Malden storm clean up to cost at least $500k

Posted by Jarret Bencks  February 12, 2013 02:17 PM

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The weekend storm that brought over 2 feet of snow will cost Malden over a half-million dollars to clean up, Mayor Gary Christenson said Tuesday.

At peak operation Friday night and Saturday morning, 82 pieces of snow removal equipment worked Malden streets, Christenson said.

"Every available resource we could get our hands on was in operation," Christenson said.

The clearing sidewalks, openings for crosswalks and lowering snow banks at intersections continued through Tuesday, he said.

"To go from zero to 30 inches overnight, its difficult, despite the best of plans," he said.

The $500,000 cost to clean up the storm more than doubles the city's allotted snow removal budget, which was set at $200,000 for the fiscal year, which runs from July 1, 2012 to June 31, 2013. Communities in Massachusetts are allowed to carry over snow removal deficits to the following year.

Tuesday afternoon, Christenson described road conditions in Malden as "better." School has been canceled in the city since Friday, but that streak will likely end tomorrow, he said.

"I know the kids don't want to hear it, but I think we'll be back tomorrow," he said.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.


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