The cost to rebuild and repair the damage inflicted by deadly Hurricane Ida across the Northeast is already estimated to be in the tens of billions of dollars.
Insurers were bracing for an estimated $40 billion hit earlier this week after the hurricane made landfall in Louisiana and tore inland through Alabama and Mississippi.
But the devastating flash floods, record rainfall and tornadoes seen in New York and New Jersey will push that figure even higher, experts warn.
The scope of the damage was still emerging as the cleanup continued Friday, with muddy debris and previously submerged cars being cleared from streets.
Others were assessing the floodwater – and in some cases tornado – damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure.
“It’s going to take a long while to count the cost for all of the damage to property, infrastructure,