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Recent storm cost NAU at least $100K in snow removal alone

Posted at 9:14 AM, Mar 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-03 11:14:00-05

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The recent storm that dumped more than 40 inches of snow on the Flagstaff area also caused a costly problem for Northern Arizona University.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that it cost NAU at least $100,000 for snow removal efforts alone, in addition to normal operating costs for services needed by the 10,000 on-campus residents.

The so-called "Snowpocalypse" brought 40.8 inches of snow from the night of Feb. 20 through Feb. 22, resulting in closures throughout Flagstaff including the NAU campus on two of those days.

Although the exact storm costs to the university aren't yet finalized, officials say clearing the 88 total pathways around campus was costly.

About 100 employees including groundskeepers and trade workers in areas like plumbing, electricity and general maintenance reported to work throughout the storm.