While Northeast states are still cleaning up and totaling the damage, the recent string of devastating storms has also triggered long-term worries about infrastructure needs, levels of federal funding, and even changing weather patterns.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s suspension of long-term projects in tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo., and Tuscaloosa, Ala., to pay for Hurricane Irene-related repair in the Northeast underscores an uncertainty about FEMA’s funding level that resonates nationwide.

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