'Historic' snow shuts down federal government

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Associated Press

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 6:32 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agencies will be closed Monday in Washington as the region continues to dig out from a weekend storm that dumped more than two feet of snow in the nation's capital.

Spokeswoman Sedelta Verble says the Office of Personnel Management made the decision to close around 5 p.m. Sunday. Federal workers were told to stay home because of safety reasons.

The decision affects some 230,000 government employees who work inside the Washington Beltway. It costs the government roughly $100 million to close for the day.

Essential services will continue, and emergency employees were expected to report to work.

The storm has grounded planes and brought trains and buses to a standstill, leaving thousands of travelers stranded. Hundreds of thousands were still without power.

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