Andrew Leaves Behind Bills In The Billions

A Ryder rental truck sits amid the debris of a shattered strip mall south of Miami. Frances Blackwelder and her family troop between the truck and their ravaged furniture store, salvaging what they can. Blackwelder had started the business in 1978 with her husband, who died six months ago. Now, Hurricane Andrew has slammed her with $400,000 worth of inventory losses. Still, she plans to reopen once the insurance money comes through. "It means starting over," she says, holding back tears. "We started on a shoestring, and that's what we're going to have to do again."

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