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Richmond County Storm Debris Cleanup Costs Climb

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Augusta's cleanup costs for the ice storm are skyrocketing.

Tuesday, Commissioners approved increasing the budgets of the two debris removal contractors by more than $4 million. The means anticipated costs of debris removal will top $11 million.

City leaders say the original $8.6 million approved last month is proving to be too low.

"When we came into the initial contract, we had some estimates, we had some quick estimates that were done on a four-day period as were collecting. Going back, collecting more, our estimates have gone to 250,000 cubic yards. Now, we're up to 600,000 cubic yards, we have to approve additional money for that," says Steve Cassell, Interim Deputy Administrator.

Cassell says the $11.2 million doesn't include clean-up costs before the private contractors were hired, which are at about $3 million.

The city is counting on FEMA to pay up to 80% of the cleanup costs.

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