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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Sandy Will Cost Connecticut More Than Irene

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By Ana Radelat

Washington—Preliminary cleanup costs and estimates of damage to public roads and buildings don’t reflect it yet, but state officials expects super storm Sandy to cost Connecticut more than Tropical Storm Irene, which did nearly $50 million in damage last year.

The expected high cost of Sandy has raised concern in all levels of state government and Connecticut’s congressional delegation, which has urged President Obama to ask for more money for Sandy recovery when Congress returns to its lame duck session next week.

“Congress has an obligation to move quickly just as it has in other disasters,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. “The devastation in some parts of Connecticut is catastrophic.”

Irene cost municipalities and the state government $49.2 million. Seventy-five percent of that cost, or about $37 million, was reimbursed to state and local governments by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance program.

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Posted 11/22 at 09:45 PM

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