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NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – While the temperatures rise and fall in North Texas this winter, the one thing that has remained constant is the sky-high bill to pay for the state’s storm response.

Snow, ice and sand trucks have been a steady sight in North Texas, especially during December’s winter event dubbed “Icemaggedon,” that closed schools and brought several cities to a halt.

That storm was an expensive part of the $5 million that Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) officials said the state spent on snow and ice response in 2013. The amount is five times what the state spent in 2011 and 2012.

TxDOT spent about $1 million on snow and ice response in both 2011 and 2012.

This year’s cost estimates aren’t available yet, but Ryan Lafontaine, a spokesman with TxDOT, says the state is on pace to equal or surpass 2013’s amount, especially with even more winter weather on the way.

“We could have several districts going around the clock for several days and when you start using all those materials, all that equipment and manpower, that runs up a bill,” Lafontaine said.

The city of Dallas did not have cost estimates of recent storms readily available.

The city Plano spent just under $700,000 on the December 6 ice storm alone, which included debris removal, sanding roads, and emergency measures.

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