HOUSTON (AP) - A preliminary report says Hurricane Ike caused
about $8.5 billion in damage to Harris County houses, apartments
and mobile homes.
The Houston Chronicle says the Harris County Housing Authority's
report indicates that Ike will be far costlier than any other
Houston-area storm in recent memory.
Among the preliminary findings:
-- Single-family homes accounted for most of the damage, with a
midrange estimate of $7.6 billion.
-- Apartments sustained about $830 million in damage and mobile
homes about $1.7 million.
-- Total residential and commercial damage from Hurricane Alicia
in 1983 was estimated at $2 billion -- about $4.11 billion adjusted
Officials said the Ike study will help local and federal
officials project funding needs for housing assistance programs.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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