The bad news: Your town is damaged. The good news: Construction is up

Natural disaster | Damages (billions) | Year | Region affected | Construction in the calendar year before | Construction in the calendar year after

1 Hurricane Katrina | $146.3 | 2005 | New Orleans | –6.57% | 9.79%

2 Hurricane Andrew | $44.3 | 1992 | Florida | 1.72 | 9.5

3 Hurricane Ike | $28.9 | 2008 | Southeast | –8.8 | –14.5

4 Hurricane Wilma | $18.7 | 2005 | Florida | 6.29 | 0.17

5 Hurricane Rita | $18.7 | 2005 | Southeast | 1.05 | –0.91

6 Hurricane Charley | $18.2 | 2004 | Florida | 6.15 | 6.29

7 Hurricane Ivan | $16.9 | 2004 | Alabama | –0.83 | –0.19

8 Hurricane Hugo | $16.7 | 1989 | Carolinas | –.545* | 6.945*

9 Hurricane Frances | $10.9 | 2004 | Florida | 6.15 | 6.29

10 Hurricane Irene | $10 | 2011 | New England | 1.19 | n/a

*AVERAGE.

DATA: BEA

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