The winter storm that began Jan. 10 and over a 24-hour period would drop 6-8 inches of snow and a thin layer of ice all over Barrow County came with a price tag of about $100,000 for local governments.
The county government was the hardest hit at an estimated cost of about $80,000, and commission chairman Danny Yearwood said he is hoping the federal government will reimburse some of that.
“We’re getting our application together,” he said. “We’re going to try to get all the help we can.”
Yearwood said county road crews spread 400-450 tons of salt and rock on county roads. At a cost of $3,200 for each of the 16-18 loads purchased, that tab came to more than $50,000, he said.
A dozen workers in Barrow County’s roads & fleet department also worked about 125 hours of overtime, and the county incurred about $7,000 in overtime costs for emergency services manpower, he added.
“We are going to be around $80 grand,” Yearwood said. “It may be a little over.”
Winder city administrator Don Toms said his city’s primary cost was for the de-icing material that city employees spread on local roads inside the city limits.
“We haven’t gone through all the calculations yet,” he said. “However, I’m thinking it was just the cost of the salt-and-gravel mixture, which we already had on hand anyway, and whatever overtime may have been added.”