Lynchburg, VA - Lynchburg city officials now know the total cost of June's derecho.
At city council's work session Tuesday, they had a final assessment of their storm response. The city manager laid it all out for council, explaining what was done right and what was done wrong.
But the big announcement was the total cost of this storm on the city. FEMA estimates the bill to be about $5.3 million.
That takes into account everything, clean up, response, payment of overtime for workers. This assessment comes after months of research and calculations.
The bulk of this cost was from immediate clean up. The city manager announced that more than 35,000 tons of debris has been collected over the last two months.
"We're hoping that that's a pretty conservative number. In other words, we're hoping that it's going to be a little less than that. But that is a reasonable estimate, when you add in all of the staff time, all of the supplies, all of the cleanup costs. We took a big hit with this storm and $5.3 million is what it costs," said Mike Gillette, the Mayor of Lynchburg.
The city also addressed what they learned from this storm, what they did right and wrong. They narrowed it down to three real priority areas of improvement, one of which is developing a mass communication plan for the city, for when something like this happens again.