The total cost for both the city's Emergency Management Agency, which coordinated warming centers in the city, and the Effingham Fire Department was $14,954, said Holomy.
The fire department worked with law enforcement to direct the nearly 5,000 semis that were in the city during the storm. That figure is a significant increase from the 1,500 that are usually in the city, said Holomy.
According to Holomy, the Ron Diehl Recreation Center and Effingham Performance Center were filled Monday and Tuesday night with travelers stranded in the city, bringing in 600 people in search of shelter.
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