WASHINGTON — The storm that struck the Northeast on Monday is likely to be a bit of a wakeup call for those who want to leave the city or live in a car, according to some economists and a study published Wednesday.
The storm, which dumped nearly 100 inches of rain, has also made life more expensive for those trying to survive.
Some economists who have studied the storm are worried about a surge in homeless people, while others are hoping the storm will lead to a rebound in people’s wages and incomes.
“We really don’t know if we’re going to see a rebound,” said Stephen J. Burtless, an economist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
While the storm brought heavy rains, snow and strong winds, the storm also has created more housing costs for residents and caused some property damage.
People with disabilities and people who have limited transportation have been hit hardest, with a report from the Federal Housing Finance Agency estimating that more than half of people with disabilities are homeless or in need of temporary housing.
That’s also a result of the storm, according the report, which looked at a range of scenarios and was based on the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program.
In the Northeast, a new study from the Urban Institute found that people who live in cars make up the most likely group to experience housing costs in the aftermath of the rainstorm, accounting for 40% of the total cost.
But some economists are worried that the storm has also pushed more people to live on the streets.
As the storm approaches, people who are still homeless or homeless-dependent may be forced to live in temporary shelters or move out of the city, according a report by the Urban Policy Institute.
The Urban Institute report said that many people will live on a street, in a parking lot or at a campground, where the storm’s effects are lessened.
Even those who have moved into permanent housing may not have enough money to buy a new car, which would limit their options, the report said.
More: The National Flood insurance Program estimates that 6.3 million people will have been exposed to flooding, including 1.2 million people in the metro area and 2.1 million in the state of Ohio.
That means that 2.7 million people live in cities and counties with higher populations than Ohio, which has a population of about 9.4 million people.