Walla Walla's garbage truck fleet destroyed

Walla Walla, WA's, fleet of 10 garbage trucks was destroyed Tuesday in an early morning fire, with damage estimates reaching as high as $3 million.

Walla Walla, WA's, fleet of 10 garbage trucks was destroyed Tuesday in an early morning fire, with damage estimates reaching as high as $3 million.

The Tri-City Herald reported today that a fire gutted a central section of the city's public services building, burning 10 garbage trucks worth an estimated $1.8 million to $2.2 million.

The city said it would evaluate how best to replace the trucks after talking with its insurance company. Until then, it will lease garbage trucks owned by DSI, a Walla Walla Valley private garbage hauler.

However, leasing about six trucks to provide service could cost the city $12,000 to $30,000 a month, public works director Hal Thomas said. The city's 2003 sanitation budget has about $170,000 in reserves to cover unforeseen expenses.

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