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Properties in Providence metro susceptible to storm surge damage

COURTESY CORELOGIC
IN THE PROVIDENCE-FALL RIVER-NEW BEDFORD area, 6,887 properties valued at more than $1.8 billion are at-risk for storm surge damage from Hurricane Sandy.
Posted 10/29/12

IRVINE, Calif. – More than 6,500 properties in the Providence-Fall River-New Bedford metro area are at risk of storm surge damage from Hurricane Sandy, according to a report from real estate data firm CoreLogic.

The report, which was developed based on the projected path of Hurricane Sandy, shows 6,887 properties at risk for damage of a Category 1 hurricane. According to CoreLogic, those properties are valued at more than $1.8 billion.

“This is a large, slow-moving, persistent and dangerous storm. Its impacts are going to be far-reaching and no doubt very costly,” Howard Botts, vice president and director of database development for CoreLogic Spatial Solutions, said in prepared remarks, adding that: “Sandy could pose an enormous threat to major metropolitan areas in the Northeast, from Virginia Beach and Washington, D.C., to New York City and Boston.”

Throughout the entirety of the affected area, CoreLogic’s report showed nearly 284,000 total residential properties valued at almost $88 billion are at risk for potential storm-surge damage, if the storm hits the coast as a Category 1 hurricane.

The Boston-Cambridge-Quincy metro area has 10,491 at-risk properties worth $2.96 billion. As a whole, Massachusetts has 21,770 at-risk properties valued at $7.76 billion.

The CoreLogic report only measured potential damage from storm surge and did not include the potential damage from the wind and rain associated with hurricanes.

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