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Removing snow in western NC costs millions

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ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) -- Snow has been piling up in western North Carolina this winter. So have the bills for removing the snow.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Monday that the state of North Carolina has spent more than $9 million in snow removal and the treatment of roads in the 17 counties in the western part of the state. That's from a total of $31 million spent across the state.

Local governments have also spent plenty to deal with the roads and remove the snow.

Mark Combs with the public works department in Black Mountain says the town will be hurting financially when the next snow storm hits the area. The town already has spent more than $35,000 since Christmas.

Asheville has spent more than $250,000 on snow removal, road treatment and preparing for the next storm.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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