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Storm cost

January 5, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

To begin with I want it understood that I am neither Democrat nor Republican, I'm an independent and I like to think that I'm writing this without political bias.

I also want it understood that I feel sorry for the people, the homes and businesses that were damaged by "Tropical Storm" Sandy. We keep hearing them on television and other places asking for assistance. It has been estimated that the cost of this storm could be as high as $50 billion, 2012 U.S. dollars. Of this $50 billion dollars, the insurance companies stated they will be paying in as much as half of this amount. To put this in perspective, the great Miami hurricane of 1926 caused $105 million in damages at the time, but if an identical storm hit the same region today, costs would exceed $178 billion, more than double that of Katrina. Please remember that Katrina was the No. 2 most costly storm in the U.S.. These were both hurricanes that were rated as category four or five. Sandy was a tropical storm and did not even make the top 10 most damaging storms.

The day after the storm in New Jersey, President Obama flew to New Jersey and went into immediate contact with Gov. Christie and assured him full cooperation of the United States. He also assured him that there would be no delay in the government's reaction to the assistance. In the case of Katrina's Aug. 29, 2005 landfall, it took Pres. George W. Bush four days to interrupt his vacation in Texas and the birthday party that he was giving for Vice President Cheney to go to New Orleans to survey the damage. Even then he was given no assurance of FEMA's cooperation.

I'm not suggesting that the victims of Sandy should not receive assistance. But let's look at the advertisements on television and remember that this was not nearly as costly as Hurricane Katrina. And please, let's stop referring to it as a hurricane. It was downgraded from a category one hurricane, to a tropical storm before it made landfall.

Mary West

Cape Coral



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