Cost of 2014 microburst less than half the cost of 2010 microburst, York manager says

Posted Aug. 01, 2014, at 8:50 a.m.

YORK, Maine — The cost of the July 15 microburst storm to date is $32,309.36, Town Manager Rob Yandow at a July 28 Board of Selectmen meeting. This includes the cost from invoices from private contractors and overtime for police and Department of Public Works employees, he said.

The $32,000 does not include the cost for private contractors to clean up tree debris residents are leaving by the side of the road for pickup.

Expenses from this year’s microburst are not as costly as one that went through York in June 2010, which was in the $80,000 to $90,000 range, Yandow said.

On July 21, the Board of Selectmen deferred releasing up to $100,000 from a contingency account for storm cleanup, with some members saying they wanted to wait to know the specific amount from invoices.

On July 28, Chairman Mary Andrews thanked town employees, contractors and volunteers who responded to help with the microburst.

“The best thing there was no serious injury,” Andrews said, adding it was “ neighbors helping neighbors.”