Texas Spent Big Bucks To Clean Up After February Blizzard

AMARILLO (March 27, 2013)--The Texas Department of Transportation spent nearly $1.6 million to clean up after the blizzard that dropped 19 inches of snow on parts of the Panhandle in February.

TxDOT spokesman Paul Braun told the Amarillo Globe-News the storm cost the agency $424,984 in labor, $792,553 in equipment expenses and $363,537 in material expenses.

The snowfall was an inch short of Amarillo's 1934 record for one day and meteorologists reported 75-mile-per-hour wind gusts.

Many highways and roads were closed because of the surface snow and blowing snow that greatly reduced visibility.

The Feb. 25 storm knocked out power to about 4,000 Xcel Energy customers in the Panhandle and New Mexico.

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