Last week in Washington, Houston Mayor Bill White estimated total damages from Hurricane Ike in Texas of between $27 billion to $52 billion during testimony by  state and local officials before a Senate Homeland Security subcommittee on disaster recovery.

White said the state and local governments could seek reimbursements from the federal government for hurricane-related recovery efforts of between $20 billion and $40 billion. In addition, he said, private insurance losses could range from $7 billion to $12 billion.

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