Monday, August 16, 2010

Snow Stories in August

The legacy of the Big Kahuna snow event this past February is still very much with us. Five months later, in the heat of August, the bills from the storm are still piling up. According to this story by Sarah Breitenbach in The Columbia Flier “the county paid out about $44,000 to replace other damaged property, such as parked cars, according to figures provided by the county.”

I can certainly understand the county reimbursing the cost of a damaged car, so long as it wasn’t parked in a snow emergency route, but the county is also paying for mailboxes damaged by a plow. If a plow took out your mailbox you may be eligible for up to a $75.00 reimbursement from the county.

“County spokesman Kevin Enright said there were so many damaged mailboxes, the county could not investigate each claim, and so reimbursed residents up to $75 per mailbox.”


It seems to me that in this day and age of tight county budgets, individual homeowners should just suck it up and consider a mailbox damaged by a snowplow the same as a tree or shrubbery that was damaged by the heavy snow.
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