Eastern states still hurting from the recession have exceeded their budgeted funds for snow removal after being slammed by last week's snow storms and are applying for federal emergency relief. But the financial strains will not affect their debt service payments on outstanding bonds, according to a credit rating agency analyst and state officials.

Several areas in the mid-Atlantic broke snowfall records following back-to-back storms Feb. 5-6 and Feb. 9-10. Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia said they are finalizing cost estimates and are preparing applications to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for emergency funds.

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