Federal help for winter storm damage is on the way to 35 areas in the US. Recovery hits state and local budgets hard.
Spring may be here, but winter left behind a hefty bill in many states, communities, and businesses.
• Iowa, which had a record snowfall this winter, is spending an extra $12 million to fill potholes and repair roads.
• Buffeted by fierce coastal storms, the beach community of Avalon, N.J., is forking out an extra $4.2 million for emergency beach replenishment. Tens of thousands of cubic feet of sand got sucked into the stormy Atlantic.
To be sure, every spring requires repaving, cleanup from storm damage, and preparation for the summer. Still, with March coming to a close, the storms have hardly let up: Another coastal storm on Monday and Tuesday is expected to bring torrential rain – with the threat of flooding – to the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The Pacific Northwest is also bracing for storms that could mean spring flooding, according to AccuWeather.com.
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