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Sandy expected to cost more than Tropical Storm Irene


The damage from Hurricane Sandy isn't even close to being added up, but the early numbers predict it will be one of the most expensive.

"Storm sandy brought far more destruction and devastation that any other storm at least in recent memory and it was just compounded by what we were dealing with from Storm Irene just a year ago," said Marvin Davis of FEMA.

Milford's shoreline was torn to pieces. Down in Fairfield the houses were different but the mangled mess looked similar.

Sandy did not show any restraint and now the bills are starting to surface. Federal officials believe with will be much more expensive than last year's tropical storm Irene, mainly because of its size.

"And it hit one of the most populated areas in the country. Did a lot of damage in the country," Davis said. "It did a lot of damage in those areas and left a lot of people homeless."

Irene did about $49 million in damage last year. In Connecticut alone, FEMA has already released $8 million in relief and it's only a month into the recovery.

Milford, one of the hardest hit cities, is gathering detailed numbers of their costs.

"Every hour we're exuding towards overtime has been logged and coded, so we can get as much as we can from FEMA for reimbursement," said Milford Mayor Ben Blake.

Town leaders have also asked utility companies to consider looking into a generator program where they buy them in bulk at lower prices so customers can buy them cheaper.

However, Connecticut Light and Power, the state's largest utility, says it is not looking into that at this time.

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