Blizzard will cost Madison up to $500K

Some neighborhoods still need plowing

Published On: Dec 26 2012 01:02:23 PM CST
First round of snow blowing from Blue Mounds Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. -

The cost of clearing snow and repairing damage from Thursday’s blizzard will cost Madison between $450,000 and $500,000, according to city officials.

It’s roughly double the cost of a typical winter storm.

The figure was shared with the media during a report from Mayor Paul Soglin and the city’s public works officials.

The officials said they learned a lot from the 2009 blizzard and were better prepared with a better response.

Soglin said more than 175 pieces of public and private equipment were used to clear city streets during the storm. He said the city got to many residential streets first because they didn’t want the snow to accumulate there.

The storm dumped up to 19 inches of snow in the city.

City officials acknowledged some neighborhoods still need plowing and that cul-de-sacs are a problem.

The storm shut down Madison schools and Madison Metro bus service for two days.

Madison firefighters responded to at least 37 reports of downed power lines.

Thousands of homes were without power at some point during the storm and the cold, windy weather that followed it.