New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, along with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, warned on Sunday that Hurricane Sandy had left the city facing a housing crisis that could be comparable to the one New Orleans suffered after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. As many as 40,000 people lost their homes in the storms, or were at least hit with damage that would keep them from returning for months. FEMA director Craig Fugate said 86,000 households in the New York area have registered for federal disaster assistance. Some of the city's biggest housing developments will be "out of commission for a very long time," Bloomberg said. The sobering news came as another storm — a powerful nor'easter — headed toward parts of the country devastated by last week's superstorm, and as temperatures in New York and New Jersey plunged and 2 million people were still without power.
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