The dollar impact for property damages and cleanup following the Dec. 1 wind storm continues to ring up like a mad cash register, with two Davis County cities reporting between them more than $16 million in estimated costs.
But officials at all levels agree that it will be many months before any kind of an overall cost figure may be determined.
Farmington City Manager Dave Millheim said 1,066 homes were damaged by the windstorm. City crews surveyed every street, and preliminary damage estimates have hit close to $8 million.
Centerville Mayor Ronald Russell said his city has also estimated the windstorm caused about $8 million in damage, but expects that figure to increase.
Based on a comprehensive review, Weber State University in Ogden and Weber State University-Davis in Layton sustained $1.84 million damage from the wind- storm, WSU spokesman John Kowalewski said.
"The $1.84 million damage estimate is subject to tweaks up or down as we get into the repair process," he said.
Most of the damage took place at the Ogden campus, he said.
Overall, though, damage in Weber County was less than in Davis.
"I'm not aware of any damage to county properties. We dodged a bullet," said Lance Peterson, Weber County director of emergency management.
Most of the damage that occurred in the unincorporated county took place in the Uintah Highlands on private land, Peterson said, where trees were blown over, damaging fences.
Ogden School District reported about $100,000 of damage as a result of the winds, while Weber School District reported about $10,000 in damages, Peterson said.
Thousands of residents have contacted their private insurance carriers after the storm about damage to homes and vehicles.
Among them is Denise Nelson, of North Salt Lake, a bus driver for Davis School District. She parked her 2009 Chevy Malibu at the district's bus compound the morning of the storm.
She returned to find the windows of her car shattered and the paint pitted by the pea gravel blown off the compound parking lot.
"I have a $500 deductible, but that will take me several months to save up," Nelson said.
She said most of the drivers who parked their personal vehicles at the bus compound had damage. She said one driver's insurance company totaled the car because of its age and the amount of the damage.
State Farm Insurance spokeswoman Donna Fisher- Brown said the company has received more than 1,600 claims related to the wind storm. Those claims range from severe roof damage, windows lost and patio decks damaged, to "11 auto claims as a result of things falling on them," she said.
Kari Mather, spokeswoman for Allstate Insurance Company, the largest publicly held insurance company in the country, declined to share claims or cost estimates, but said, "We have deployed additional support to the (Davis County and Utah) area.
"It didn't just affect Utah. We are looking at Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona, all related to the (same) windstorm," she said.
The Utah Insurance Department, which oversees insurance carriers, will not have a cost estimate of damage for some time, if at all, said Jilene Whitby, the department's information specialist.
Insurance carriers send in the number of total claims for the year, beginning in March, Whitby said, and it is not broken down by event.
But costs could have been much higher if not for the volunteers who poured out to help and if the state had not provided personnel and equipment, officials said.
The state deployed the Utah National Guard and other state agencies on Dec. 4 to help with cleanup efforts after a weather forecast predicted another wind storm was going to hit the county.
The state kept the personnel in the county until Thursday afternoon to help with the cleanup efforts.
Kris J. Hamlet, deputy director of the Utah Division of Emergency Management, said the state spent about $212,000 deploying the National Guard and $12,000 using Utah Highway Patrol troopers.
The Utah Department of Transportation spent a little over $100,000 on the storm, according to preliminary estimates from Ahmad Jaber, operations engineer at UDOT.
Jaber said UDOT sent 15 of its utility and service trucks, mostly to Centerville and Farmington, to assist with cleanup activities.
Wasatch Integrated Waste Management director Nathan Rich said the landfill will continue to take clean green waste free of charge until Dec. 17.
Normally, the landfill charges $5 for a pickup or single- axle trailer load or $10 a ton for larger loads.
With more than 12,000 tons of green waste brought to the landfill since the storm and landfill employees working 12-hour days, the cost is substantial, Rich said.
Davis County Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said early estimates show damage to county properties have at least reached the county's $100,000 insurance deductible. But the exact assessment is not known at this time.
Most of that damage occurred at its two 18-hole golf courses and the Legacy Events Center in Farmington, he said.
Kirk Schmalz, public works director, said public works employees spent the majority of the week helping cities clean up. Many were called to work on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 and have also put in long hours during the week.
They are now in the field assessing damage to flood channels and creeks and removing excessive debris so another disaster does not happen.
Rocky Mountain Power spokeswoman Maria O'Mara said the company does not have estimates on what it cost to restore power.
More than 48,000 customers lost power due to the storm.
"Rocky Mountain Power had 350 company and contract personnel that worked around the clock," O'Mara said.
"That storm was one of the worst on record based on the damage to poles and wires."
Standard-Examiner reporters Mitch Shaw and Jasen Asay and correspondent Antone Clark contributed to this report.