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Ian Aftermath Even Harder to Fix With Supply Chain Tattered

  • Getting materials on time is hard, construction groups say
  • Labor shortages, transportation logistics seen causing issues
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Hurricane Ian Could Be Deadliest Ever in Florida: Biden
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The difficult job of rebuilding communities pummeled by Hurricane Ian is expected to be made even worse by a problem that’s lingered since the early days of the pandemic: snarled supply chains.

Ian tore a path of destruction across Florida, leaving more than 2 million homes and businesses without power, after landing as one of the strongest storms to hit the US. Residences, bridges and other infrastructure are in ruin, with damage estimates ranging from $65 billion to $100 billion, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said it will take years to recover. Construction groups warn that labor shortages and supply-chain difficulties are likely to hamper rebuilding efforts.