Plowing, clearing snow costs Omaha $2.5 million so far

Omaha, NE – Omaha is now under a snow emergency, and the costs of cleaning up after two snowstorms are adding up.

Mayor Jim Suttle declared a snow emergency Wednesday morning. That makes the city eligible for state and federal assistance. It also means residents should move their cars off the street until crews are finished plowing. Public Works officials estimate they'll finish clearing residential areas at the end of the week.

Mayor Suttle's spokesman, Ron Gerard, says $2.5 million has been spent so far on snow removal. He says budget adjustments may be required in the 2010 fiscal year to cover the costs.