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Storm cleanup could cost state millions

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The Georgia Department of Transportation snow plows cleared the roads, trucks spread out salt and sand so cars and trucks could navigate the interstates and the National Guard troops fanned out to help people stranded by snow and ice.

Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency to mobilize those and many more resources. All of that costs the state a lot of money.

Deal said the state would not have exact figures on the total cost until early April for salt and sanders, gasoline, state troopers, the National Guard, emergency personnel, work crews and how much it will cost to pay all those crews overtime.

The governor is certain, however, that this week's storm was bigger than the last one and will cost the state more money.

"Yes. I think it will be a more costly storm," Deal said.

The winter blast barreled through Alabama, Georgia and into South Carolina, cutting a wider path than the storm that pummeled metro Atlanta two weeks ago.

"It had a much bigger reach and the consequences were more serious in terms of cost," Deal said.

The governor said the state can draw on emergency funds.

Deal also said he will ask the Federal Emergency Management Agency for funds to help cover the costs incurred from the storm.

The state must have at least $13.5 million worth of damage to qualify for federal money.

A spokesman for the governor expected the damage to exceed that amount.

The state and the Federal Emergency Management Agencies will begin assessing the damage on Tuesday.

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