Cost of Irene in NY is starting to add up

Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sending a list of costs for Tropical Storm Irene in his request to speed the federal government's declaration of a major disaster.

The declaration will release federal aid to governments and individuals.

Cuomo says the list of costs already far exceeds the $25 million threshold for aid to governments, businesses, farmers and residents.

Among the costs of Irene so far are:

—26 of New York's 62 counties have damage.

—There are at least six fatalities.

—Four towns and villages were or are under water.

—Airlifts have been used to reach shelters.

—Countless roads and bridges need to be repaired or replaced.

—Search and rescue teams were mobilized and dams were monitored.

—70 shelters serving 4,800 residents are open.

—and debris removal will be massive.

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