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Pennsylvania Damage Estimate For Sandy At $16M And Rising

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency says the state’s costs from superstorm Sandy top $16 million.

PEMA spokeswoman Ruth Miller said Wednesday the agency’s staff continues to compile cost estimates, which include storm preparation and physical damage to places like sewage treatment plants.

The state Department of Transportation says its damage estimate is $6 million, while Montgomery County says its estimate is $3 million. Flooding was relatively minor, while downed trees and power lines blocked hundreds of roads.

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania insurance regulators are surveying top property and casualty insurers and the first report is due next week.

Pennsylvania’s damage is dwarfed by the billions of dollars in damage reported in New Jersey and New York, but is in line with several other states that sustained damage.

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