Nightly News | November 27, 2012
>>> in this country and parts of this area in fact, life remains at a cold dark standstill for so many after sandy arrived one month ago. and those looking for comparisons have wondered how sarn sandy and the damage from the storm stacks up against what happened in katrina . katy tur is with us from the hard hit jersey shore tonight, katie, good evening.
>> good evening, brian. that is certainly the big question, up and down the new jersey shore , the aftereffects of sandy are still being felt. we're on long beach island. it's a barrier island , it's literally where the atlantic ocean meets the bay. dozens of homes still look like this, bottom floors completely washed away when the powerful storm surge came through. the last time kyle burns house looked like this was 1950 . the year it was built.
>> bed, couches, chchairs, everything was just floating around. it was a mess.
>> reporter: two feet of rushing walter and sand soaked this third generation family beach home. with gas lines restored, the people on lbi are finally allowed to come back.
>> as residents count their personal losses, state officials are looking at the big numbers .
>> when you look at the damage done because of the density of new york, the number of people affected, the number of properties affected was much larger in hurricane sandy than in hurricane katrina .
>> reporter: the power and devastation of sandy didn't compare to that of hurricane katrina , which took more lives when it struck the gulf coast . sandy did do more damage in other ways.
>> here's katrina , 300 miles wide at the time of the storm. you could literally take three katrinas and put them inside sandy , because sandy had a 900 mile wide tropical storm force wind field.
>> and nearly three times as many people were affected by sandy than by katrina .
>> the governors of new york and new jersey estimate that just one month after the storm losses have topped $71 billion. that includes restoration and repairs already underway. compare those numbers to hurricane katrina in 2005 . five states were affected. with 157 billion in restoration, reparation and building costs. they're still counting seven years later. back on lbi , it's too difficult for kyle to think that far ahead.
>> i'll just rebuild and move on, that's all.
>> and kyle isn't alone. many others vow they'll do the same.
>> reporter: the mayor of long beach island estimates the damage here alone could cost $1 billion. brian?
>> katy tur on the strip the locals call lbi on the jersey shore . katie, thanks.