Maine’s Ranking in Spending Costs After Severe Weather Events
With Hurricane Lee behind us, thankfully, but other tropical storms forming, it is time to look at where Maine ranks on storm damage and money needed and spent to help get things restored after a major storm or hurricane.
First, the amount of money spent to restore things after a major storm is astounding.
But not in Maine compared to others. Maine is 3rd from the bottom of states needing money to major storm clean up. At least since 2000.
The biggest storm, or at least the most expensive in money spent for restoration was from April 2007 for the flood in Southern Maine.
8 and a half inches of rain fell from April 15th to 18th, 2007 in York County. Added to that was another inch of water from snowmelt. President George W Bush declared York County a disaster area.
And you may recall they also had flooding the previous spring in York County.
In the study by Rainbow Restoration Company, Maine spent $208.82 Million Dollars in clean up and rebuilding since 2000. The only states spending less were Delaware and Rhode Island.
On the other end of the spectrum, Texas has had the most in severe weather property damage. $97.39 Billion. Louisiana is next, followed by Florida.
I know we don’t wish any ill will on any other states when it comes to weather events like hurricanes and tornadoes. But who among us isn’t hoping when severe storms approach, that the path doesn’t shift to somewhere else. Them rather than us, if that can be said in a kind manner.
Simple words to live by when it comes to severe weather. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.