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    People walk near a storm-damaged home along the waterfront in the aftermath of Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Milford, Conn. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/The Connecticut Post, Brian A. Pounds) MANDATORY CREDIT

    When snow blew into Milford on Wednesday, public works crews had to drop their continuing recovery efforts from Storm Sandy and sand the streets instead. 

    After the snow began melting, they went back to work cleaning up debris, 17,000 cubic yards of debris.

    That's more than five times the debris Tropical Storm Irene left in 2011, according to Mayor Ben Blake.

    "Our public works department, our police department, our fire department - all our local agencies have been going nonstop, all hands on deck, for the last week and a half, as we've been recovering from the storm," Blake said.

    He expected the Board of Aldermen to reallocate $575,000 to pay for the overtime at a meeting on Thursday night, but he also expects FEMA to reimburse the city government.

    "We've been given some assurances," Blake said, "The federal government has stepped up, the state government has stepped up to make sure we have the resources that we're going to need.  We're hopeful that as this recovery effort unfolds we're going to be made whole."

    Sandy ruined hundreds of homes in Milford and damaged thousands of them with flooding.