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Snow budgets running out

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By: Samantha Lavien

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Ahead of this mid-week storm millions of dollars have already been spent in Rhode Island and Massachusetts this winter in snow clean-up. And, the latest snow fall is expected to place many communities over budget for the year.

"This upcoming storm on Tuesday into Wednesday will totally deplete our snow removal budget," said Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan. "But, in Massachusetts the only line item you can have a deficit in is snow removal."

Prior to this storm Fall River got 16 inches of snow and spent $400,000 of its $500,000 snow budget.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation says the state is already getting close to its $43 million snow budget.

This winter the DOT has sent out equipment in over 10 storms. The agency will seek supplemental funding at the end of the season.

Meantime, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation has spent some $6 million so far.

The Ocean State's total snow budget is $13 million with $10 million allotted to operations.

Cranston is two thirds through its budget, while Providence has only used $305,000 of more than a million dollars it has set aside.

And while many in the area say they could do without the upcoming snow, others say you have to embrace this kind of weather living in Southern New England.

"I'm not looking forward to it, but you have to kind of go along with the flow," said Attleboro resident Lee Fremault.

"I'm looking forward to the snow you know.. A lot of people complain but it's nice to have snow out here before we get the nice weather," said Attleboro resident Bryan Hilario.

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