(NEWS CENTER) -- Much of Maine is going to end December with double the normal snowfall for this month.
All these storms have road crews looking at their supplies and trying to gauge what the rest of the winter will bring.
Mike E. Shaw of Scarborough Public Workssays whenthis year's winter began -- the city truckscouldn't get beyond the salt dunes to enter their shed. Now they're having to buy more salt.
"We started the season here with 2,000 tons of salt here in this building and we've already gone through about 800 tons of it,"says Shaw."And that's typically our year allotment."
Scarborough Public Works has put in a new order for 700 more tons of salt, costing 30-thousand dollars more than expected, says Shaw.
"I'm hoping to absorb that in other areas of my budget but we'll see what happens with the winter."
According to Tim Cusack of the Maine Department of Transportation, the state's salt supply started off with a surplus. The current supply is a good amount. The state's budget is being strained by the timing of the storms falling on the weekend. Employees are working overtime.
"Monday through Friday storms would be good for me."
According toMike Bobinski of Portland Public Services,weekend storms affect city crews the same as any other day. The schedule operates 24 hours a day. However, the severity ofthese storms hasneeded additionalcrews to cleanupon the weekends, anyway.
"Overall, roughly 29% of our overtime budget has been spent. That's a faster clip than we normally have seen but it's also hard to tell what the balance of the winter will bring as well."
Generally,municipalitiesbudget for weather events that occur betweenthe months of November and April.