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RI To Get $1 Million Fed. Reimbursement for Snow Removal Costs

The state DOT will get the money.

Rhode Island's congressional delegation announced today that Rhode Island will be on the receiving end of a $1 million infusion of federal money to make up for the cost of winter cleanup from a blizzard last February.

The storm, referred to by the Weather Channel as "Winter Storm Nemo" but otherwise known as "that big blizzard last February" dumped upwards of two feet of snow across the state and cut power to about 180,000 electricity customers.

According to a release, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline worked together to ensure Rhode Island qualified for federal disaster assistance and received the maximum amount of funding for which it is eligible.  The announcement that the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will be reimbursed $1,024,670.32 is a part of that effort.

“Keeping our roads safe and clear after a major storm can be difficult and costly.  We applaud FEMA for reimbursing RIDOT over $1 million for the costs of snow and ice removal.  All this snow has exacted a heavy price on state and local budgets and we will continue doing everything we can at the federal level to help,” said Reed, Whitehouse, Langevin and Cicilline in a joint statement.

FEMA will reimburse Rhode Island for 75 percent of all eligible costs incurred between February 8-9, 2013.

nagaer February 25, 2014 at 03:53 PM
We joke around, but it is really sad that we can't trust our government to spend this money on snow removal. They know that you are going to re-elect them, so they do whatever they want with your money.
underwhelmed February 26, 2014 at 10:03 PM
Whatever $ NK gets should be used to hire private contractors so that the town will be plowed. That means all areas all streets every snow storm. The reality of this winter is that the job done by the town has not been acceptable!
Bob February 27, 2014 at 10:52 AM
Wow these comments are spot on, the distrust we have for the alleged leaders in this state locally and on Smith Hill is astounding, the sad part is there are a huge amount of us that feel this way and for some reason when November election time rolls around we can't seem to fix it....I give up....
G3 February 27, 2014 at 12:12 PM
What you say is true, Bob. Being from Newport especially, I know with some certainty Teresa Paiva-Weed will be re-elected this November for state senator and will remain senate president. It's basically impossible that she'll unseated and it makes my blood boil.

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