Some NH towns near budget limit for snow removal
SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) — Some New Hampshire and Maine communities are reaching the limits of their winter storm budgets.
The town of Somersworth, N.H., has plowed, sanded and salted its way through more than 80 percent of its funds. Tom Willis of the Public Works and Utilities Department tells Foster’s Daily Democrat (http://bit.ly/WfNnSE) the city likely surpassed its fuel budget over last weekend.
The state receives an average of about 46 inches of snow by this time each year. National Weather Service meteorologist Margaret Curtis says Concord has already received 65 inches; this February is one of the snowiest on record.
In Portland, Maine, 81.6 inches of snow have been recorded. The average is 44.7 inches.
New Hampshire emergency management officials plan to ask for federal assistance to help pay for snow removal operations.
Information from: Foster’s Daily Democrat, http://www.fosters.com