Repair costs for Long Island, N.Y., municipalities hit by Superstorm Sandy could top $520 million.
Newsday reports that the bill reflects the most recent estimates for the island’s 13 towns, two cities and 10 of its hardest-hit villages.
Among the big-ticket items is Long Beach’s destroyed boardwalk, estimated to cost $25 million. The ferry terminal and boathouse in Ocean Beach could cost $1 million to repair.
Municipalities are looking to FEMA for help.
FEMA usually reimburses three-quarters of the cost of emergency cleanup and repairs after a natural disaster. But it is a reimbursement program in which money must be expended first.
Officials also are contemplating tapping already strained budgets to pay for the work.
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