The New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. estimates that costs related to superstorm Sandy will hit $810 million.
HHC said the cost to fully reopen hospitals closed by superstorm Sandy (PDF), repair other storm damage across the system and prepare for future storms will total $610 million.
The figure includes $137.5 million for initial response to the storm, such pumping water from flooded hospitals that included Bellevue Hospital and Coney Island Hospital, which evacuated a combined 900 patients in the days after the storm made landfall Oct. 29. Bellevue Hospital remains closed to inpatients. Coney Island Hospital began to admit a limited number of psychiatric patients at the end of December, HHC spokeswoman Ana Marengo said. HHC said an estimated $472.5 million would be needed for the cost of repair to critical electrical and mechanical systems and modifications to prepare for future storms, including one proposal to relocate Coney Island Hospital's emergency room.