West Hartford has received full reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the massive February storm that dumped 3 feet of snow on the town, according to West Hartford’s director of public works.
The town will receive $225,810.54, which is 75 percent of the $301,080.72 that it cost the town to clear the snow during a 48-hour period of the storm cleanup from Feb. 8 - 11, Director of Public Works John Phillips said.
The town is responsible for the other 25 percent of that 48-hour period,which amounts to $75,270.18.
Phillips reiterated that he was extremely proud of his team, which worked tirelessly to clean as many town streets as possible.
The storm came in on a Friday and finished dumping snow by Saturday evening. The town, save for New Britain Avenue, which is a state road, was passable from east to west and north and south by Sunday. The bulk of the cleanup costs were in that period of time, and was the period that was submitted for FEMA reimbursement, Phillips said.
“In the days following the immediate impact, my team worked hard at the detail work of moving snow from unsafe traffic sight lines and widening roads to accept two lanes of traffic and on-street parking in some cases,” Phillips wrote in an e-mail.
Phillips also credited the FEMA project crew leader and the department of public works’ management team’s “stellar documentation of the event’s activities and forced work.” Phillips also noted the work of his business operation manager, who wrote all of the project worksheets.“It was a true team effort,” Phillips said.