Government Waste

State Storm-Cleanup-Contract Wastes Millions

Towns forced to pay inflated prices


With Hurricane Sandy threatening, it would pay for local officials to look back on the freak snowstorm that struck one year ago.

The early snow stuck to leaves hesitant to fall bringing down many, many trees. The disruption in electricity to thousands of residents for days received public and political attention.

But after power was restored, the debris littering the state's roads needed to go somewhere.

Connecticut cities and towns paid contractors millions to dispose of fallen trees and other debris in the wake of storm, but some communities paid twice as much as others for the same services.