Ohio Not Completely Recovered From Hurricane Ike

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- It has been one year since hurricane Ike, the costliest natural disaster in recent Ohio history.

Remnants of the storm blasted through the state on Sept. 14, 2008, damaging businesses and homes and cutting power to about 2.6 million Ohio utility customers. Some still had no electricity a week later.

On the anniversary, it's possible to find homes that have blue tarp on their roofs, still awaiting repairs.

The Ohio Insurance Institute says insured losses from the storm have hit an estimated $1.14 billion, while the cleanup and extra police patrols cost local government an additional $38.6 million.

Insurance Institute president Daniel Kelso says the storm was a reminder that Ohio is not immune from natural disasters.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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