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The Maryland state highway crews were out yesterday cleaning up the roadways after this weekend’s snow storm.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that authorities say there were fallen trees that forced the closure of the Salisbury Zoo. But there was no significant damage to the facility’s buildings.

Some power outages were also reported due to the downing of power lines.

The paper reports one outage in Fairmount lasted 8 hours.

For residents of Salisbury the city is offering free bulk pick up of yard waste.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Emergency Management Agency says the federal government will reimburse Maryland state and local governments $25.4 million to cover most of their costs related to a January snowstorm.

Spokesman Ed McDonough said in an email Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has paid about $4 million to date.

The payments follow a presidential disaster declaration in March for the storm Jan. 22-23 that buried the state in up to 38.5 inches of snow.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - January's snowstorm cost public schools and county and municipal governments in Frederick County $3.9 million.

According to a preliminary damage assessment report, county government agencies spent about $1.8 million responding to the snowstorm.

Nine municipalities in the county spent a total of $1.6 million. The town of Brunswick had storm-related costs of more than $251,000, the report states. About $160,000 went to replace and repair the public works building that collapsed after the storm and the equipment inside.

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Virginia got White House approval for a declaration of disaster which will provide supplemental aid to the state.

January’s snow storm struck the commonwealth hard and the federal funds will go toward repairing and replacing infrastructure.

WBOC reports that twenty counties and five cities were particularly hard hit by the storm.

Meanwhile, Maryland got approval for a disaster declaration last week while Delaware is still awaiting a response to its request.

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As this week’s snow draws near a coastal flood advisory is in effect for the Delaware coastline into tomorrow morning.

The National Weather Service says the alert bean at 5 a.m. this morning through 4 a.m. tomorrow morning.

The storm surge is expected to be as high as 2 and a half feet.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that as the winter storm advances tomorrow the ocean waves are expected to reach 8 to 10 feet.

The bay could see a height of up to 5 feet.

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It will cost anywhere from $150-thousand to $400-thousand to repair the damage to the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach by the recent winter storms.

That’s the estimate from a city consulting engineer.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the city commissioners are now trying to decide how to come up with the money.

Commissioner Stan Mills says told the paper that there was a hope that the federal government might provide some assistance as well as some help from Delaware lawmakers.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Natural Resources officials are wasting no time in cleaning up and reinforcing Rehoboth Beach after last month's snowstorm.

A worker was operating a dozer through the sand less than two weeks of the snowstorm hit, pushing sand the edge of the dry beach to the dunes, over a layer of water.

This process reinforces the dunes, Tony Pratt of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control tells WBOC-TV.

Pratt says nature does most of the work, but the dozers can speed things up a bit.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The South and East are bracing for a nor'easter at week's end with the potential for significant snowfall.

The National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center warns of heavy, "perhaps crippling" snow across the northern mid-Atlantic region, including Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia.

On Wednesday, the weather service issued blizzard and winter storm watches for parts of Maryland, Washington, Virginia and West Virginia. The watches start as early as Thursday and stretch into Saturday.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware transportation officials say very low temperatures and packed snow and ice are making it tough to plow roads in the state.
Officials say all crews are still on the job Friday and their goal remains clearing primary and some secondary roads, a day after a snowstorm dumped a half a foot of snow in some areas.

The heaviest snowfall in Delaware occurred in Greenville at 7 and a half inches and in Hockesson at 6 and a half inches.

Dover received just over 5 inches while Bethany Beach got just shy of 3 inches.

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35-year old Paul Tatem has been found not guilty of murdering an elderly man in his home last April.

The jury took three hours to deliberate yesterday morning before returning the verdict.

The charges included not only murder but armed robbery counts as well.

The jury did find Tatem guilty of one charge of possession of a firearm with a felony conviction.

72 year old Donald Mariner who was found dead in his home on Pemberton Drive in Salisbury last April.