Magazine article Personnel Journal

East Coast Blizzard Causes Businesses to Shut Down

Magazine article Personnel Journal

East Coast Blizzard Causes Businesses to Shut Down

Article excerpt

IT WAS NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL DURING THE BIGGEST SNOWstorm to hit the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast in years. On Sunday and Monday January 7 and 8, many regions were bombarded by snow. Then another wintery blast hit January 11.

Governors in eight states from Georgia to Massachusetts declared limited or full states of emergency. President Clinton issued a federal disaster declaration for Maryland and Washington, making federal resources available to state and local governments. Many government offices (not already affected by the federal shutdown) closed, as did major airports. Bad weather and the federal shutdown caused unemployment claims to plummet from 394,000 to 327,000 in one week.

The snowstorm will cost at least $585 million in insured property losses. In New York City alone, it will cost an estimated $23 million, including clean up, the cost of salt, gasoline and lost revenue from parking tickets, parking meters and sales taxes from businesses that shut down. …

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