Costs from Sandy into the billions as thousands struggle, still, without power
The outward signs of recovery were everywhere Monday across the Northeast nearly two weeks after Superstorm Sandy struck: Power restored to tens of thousands, bridges and tunnels reopened, and limited train and ferry service up and running.
"After two weeks of the recovery phase, we've achieved a new normal for life in post-Hurricane Sandy New Jersey," Gov. Chris Christie said of his state.
Nearly everyone in the state has power back, nearly all schools are reopening, and gasoline rationing can end in the state, he said.
But, as officials in the stricken region emphasize, signs of struggle remain.
In New York state alone, Sandy inflicted about a $30 billion "economic loss," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
for providing waivers for repair fees. I am impressed.
"Bloomberg detailed the city's relief and rebuilding efforts, including the Rapid Repairs program, which sends teams of inspectors, electricians, carpenters and contractors building-to-building to identify repairs needed, help building owners make repairs and get them reimbursed by the federal government for repair work.
In that vein, the mayor signed an emergency order Monday waiving all city application and permit fees for those doing Sandy-related repairs. Plus, those buildings with "significant structural damage" that will need to be demolished, altered or rebuilt "will have their repair work fees waived and all fees for electrical and plumbing repair work ... waived."