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January 27, 2011 10:15 am

Cities’ Snow Budgets Running Low

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The east is being hit by another snowstorm, the fifth in five weeks. This one moved up from Tennessee toward Maine and could dump as much as a foot of snow in places. This is becoming one of the worst winters on record.

Meanwhile, clearing all those roads over and over and over again is getting very expensive. This is a real budget buster. Many parts of the northeast are getting hit with more feet of snow in a month than they get all winter.

This storm is parking itself over Boston and it’s going to intensify overnight.

“Boston can handle it,” says Karen Holmes, a lifelong Boston resident, “but some people are wimping out with the snow.”

CBS News’ Whit Johnson reports more than four feet of snow in 30 days is enough to weaken even the toughest of cities. Boston’s snow removal budget is nearly $16 million. But it’s not even February and two thirds of the money is already spent.

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