Blizzard bill not in

February 10, 2011 2:21:07 PM PST
Eight days after the snow stopped falling the City of Chicago is still not ready to publicly add up the cost of snow removal.

"We haven't been able to put it together yet," city budget office spokesman Pete Scales told ABC 7. The price tag is buried somewhere in an avalanche of estimates from various city departments and private contractors. Scales said he hopes to have a handle on the numbers sometime early next week.

No one from the Mayor's Office, Streets and Sanitation or the budget department has been willingly to publicly estimate the cost of digging the city out from nearly 20 inches of snow. In 1999, City Hall pegged the clean-up cost of the New Year's weekend blizzard that dumped 19 inches of snow at more than $77 million.