Natural Disasters

Sandy Recovery Chief: Not All Areas Worth Rebuilding

Undoubtedly true, but that'll open a can of worms


A top official from the Obama administration said Thursday that for some areas struggling to pick up the pieces from Hurricane Sandy, it may not be the best decision to rebuild.

"In most places we can rebuild with smart mitigation measures. Elevate homes, take other steps," said Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. "There will be some small share of communities, though, where it makes sense, and I would emphasize very small share, where it may not make sense to rebuild at all.