December wind storm costs Richland half a million
CITY OF RICHLAND NEWS RELEASE -- Richland City Manager Cindy Johnson has provided preliminary cost estimates from the wind storm that tore through the area on December 16th and 17th, 2012.
Richland was significantly impacted by downed trees and severe damage to facility roofs. The downed trees created multiple power outages that impacted several hundred customers and generated a safety priority throughout the City.
The current estimate for trees lost during the windstorm is 100. Many of these trees were old growth trees. The initial cost estimate for the immediate response is $248,644 and other costs may be included at a later date.
The initial cost estimate includes overtime for crews working to restore power, clear streets, respond to emergency calls, remove trees and temporarily repair facilities for immediate use. The City anticipates an additional $304,539 may be required to replace and restore damaged property for an approximate damage total of $553,183.
The overall total may increase as staff evaluates the impact more thoroughly. The City anticipates submitting the damages to insurance and subsequently the State for additional assistance.
City Manager Johnson complimented staff for their quick response to the emergency, their dedication to restore power and containing the damage. "This was a true team effort with all departments impacted by this wind storm and our employees excelled at getting the City back on-line and safe for our residents and businesses."