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Montgomery County Police have racked up more than $100,000 in overtime so far after the June 29 storm, a spokeswoman said.

Police were assigned to direct traffic at intersections without power among other duties in the wake of the storm, which felled trees and left much of the county in the dark.

As of Monday, more than 2,111 overtime hours had been logged by police, spokeswoman Angela Cruz said in an email.

Of those hours, 310 were “comp hours earned” overtime, where instead of overtime pay, employees who worked overtime took compensation in the form of hours earned, she said.

To date, the overtime has cost the county $102,843.69, she said.

County Spokesman Patrick Lacefield said the overtime pay for the Fire and Rescue Service response to the storm was $30,000.

Council President Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda, said the county has to eat that cost, and because of how utilities are regulated, cannot attempt to recoup any money from Pepco.

Pepco has come under fire for the length of time it has taken to restore power fully.

The final dark traffic signal received power Friday, Lacefield said.

During a press briefing Monday, Berliner said he would not be surprised if the total cost of the storm reaches $1 billion.

“This is huge,” he said.

kalexander@gazette.net