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Storm damage 2010: States ring up the cost

Federal help for winter storm damage is on the way to 35 areas in the US. Recovery hits state and local budgets hard.

Workers shovel a path to the door of a home in La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., north of Los Angeles, after a February mudslide. The state is one of many struggling with storm damage.

Bret Hartman/AP

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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.

• Flooding in the upper Midwest prompted the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to declare in mid-March an emergency in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

IN PICTURES: Springtime flooding in the US

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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