The Cost Of Hurricane Sandy

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In the 12 months since Superstorm Sandy, shoreline communities worked to build a stronger coast.

In East Haven, residents recently completed a stone revetment wall to protect the Victoria Beach condos. In Fairfield, many homeowners are elevating their properties to safeguard against future floods.

According to Governor Dannel Malloy’s office, the state sustained $770 million worth of damages to both homes and businesses during Sandy. Federal aid has covered $500 million so far.

But Sandy left her mark on land an in the water.

Curt Johnson is the executive director of the environmental group Save the Sound. Johnson says Sandy “pushed lots and lots of stuff that we use, everything from refrigerators to fences to decks to all kinds of stuff like aluminum siding, vinyl siding all up into the marsh.”

While much of those items have been removed from Long Island Sound and surrounding marshes, Johnson warns it may be years before we know their full impact on marine life.

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