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Suburban Governments Take Federal Reimbursements For Blizzard Expenses

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. (CBS) — In at least part of the Chicago area, U.S. taxpayers are helping to foot the bill for the clean-up from last winter’s near-record blizzard.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, more checks could be going out.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports

A check for $271,000 has already arrived at the offices of DuPage County Emergency Management, and more is on the way.

The City of Naperville says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved its claim for more than $500,000 for overtime costs, snow removal, and damage to government property from the Feb. 1-2 blizzard, which dumped 21.2 inches of snow on the area.

Naperville City Manager Doug Krieger tells the Daily Herald this is the first time anyone in Naperville remembers getting federal money for snowstorm expenses.

Altogether, 131 government agencies in DuPage County have submitted claims for more than $3 million, the Daily Herald reported.

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