Providence snow removal budget down to $500,000

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) —  It is not the snowiest winter on record for Providence yet, but the continuous cycles of snowstorms are piling up on the streets and sidewalks.

Acting Director of Public Works, Bill Bombard, believes his staff is doing a great job given the amount of snow that has been dumped on the city so far.

“We’re working very diligently, in some cases around the clock, to do the best we can to make this city safe for the residents,” said Bill Bombard.

In the last month, about 38 inches of snow has blanketed the city, making it difficult for residents to get around.

Each storm also makes it difficult for crews to tackle.

“Well no two storms are the same,” explained Bombard, “they come in at different rates, the intensity of the snowfall is different so each one is a new learning curve.”

Providence is not in the red yet, but they have spent a total of $1.1 million.

The snow removal budget has dwindled down to $500,000 as a result.

We have two more storms on the way in the near future, which could feasibly eat up the remaining money in the budget.

Bombard tells Eyewitness News, that if more money is needed, the city will find savings elsewhere.

The city is also seeking federal money to help cover some of the cost from the recent blizzard.

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