Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised some eyebrows earlier this week when he said Superstorm Sandy was “more impactful” in some ways than Hurricane Katrina, the deadly storm that ravaged the Gulf Coast in 2005.
NOLA.com, the website for The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, isn’t so sure.
In a piece posted last night, NOLA.com scribe Bruce Alpert wrote that Cuomo’s comparison doesn’t add up.
From Alpert’s piece:
“But despite significant loses, including over 100 deaths from Sandy, the comparison to Katrina just doesn’t hold up.
“Katrina, which devastated Metro New Orleans and other communities along the Gulf coast in 2005, killed more than 1,800 people, flooded 80 percent of New Orleans, and caused more than $100 billion in damages as federally built levees failed.”
Cuomo made the comparison Monday while unveiling a $42 billion request for federal aid to assist with Sandy cleanup and rebuilding. He acknowledged that Katrina resulted in a much greater loss of life—Sandy’s death toll stands around 120—but said Sandy impacted more people by hitting areas with large, condense populations and expensive infrastructure.