Ice Storm Damage to Public Bodies Now Estimated at $107 Million

JANUARY 30, 2007 - Posted at 7:55 a.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - An ice storm that blasted Missouri this month caused an estimated $107 million in damage to counties, cities and public agencies in its path.

That's the preliminary damage assessment from bodies like local governments, fire departments and school districts in 38 counties and the city of St. Louis.

Missouri's State Emergency Management Agency says the figure covers uninsured costs to public bodies, such as clearing debris from roads or providing emergency supplies.

The figure does not include damage to private property and individuals.

The agency says five teams of damage assessors will visit the stricken counties starting tomorrow to make a separate tally of those costs to individuals.

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