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Columbus and the upcoming winter storm

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The Deep South is in a state of emergency as a second winter storm threatens snow and ice.

During the last storm a few weeks ago, local officials say six tons of salt and more than 500 tons of sand were spread across city streets in Columbus.

News Leader 9's Brittany Dionne has more details on how the storms are affecting the city budget.

Meteorologists are predicting this winter storm to be potentially historic and paralyzing to the south.

Winter storms can be very costly to any city.          

We spoke with Pat Biegler with Public Works. She did not have the actual dollar amount on-hand that was spent during the last storm, but says Columbus has an operating material budget of $ 73,681 through the Forestry Division. It's from that fund salt, sand, and other materials are purchased.

To prepare, state officials say they have trucks around central Georgia loaded with salt and gravel that are ready whenever needed.

The Georgia Department of Transportation helps local cities if needed. Only we have a barn locally that has salt and trucks ready to be disbursed as needed.

Local officials tell us there is enough time left in the fiscal year to move funds around if for some reason we need more money to fund the winter storms.

During the storm we had two weeks ago, we used six tons of salt and more than 550 tons of sand.

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