Washington: Recovery efforts after the widespread devastation and destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy could be among the most expensive in the history of the United States.
"We are now in the recovery mode, response and recovery," Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.
"We are moving large amounts of resources into the affected areas. It will be ... if not the most extensive and expensive, one of the most in our nation's history," Napolitano said.
She added that 'patience' would be 'the watchword of the day'.
According to ABC News, President Barack Obama, after surveying the devastated New Jersey shoreline with Governor Chris Christie, said that while there was a lot of work to be done, the cleanup effort would be handled with 'an all-hands-[on]-deck approach'.
"What I can promise you is that the federal government will be working as closely as possible with the state and local officials, and we will not quit until this is done," Obama said.
Obama declared parts of New Jersey, along with parts of New York, a major disaster area, which would allow federal funding for storm-related repairs, the report said.
Recovery from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 has been considered the costliest in the US hurricane recovery, at nearly 106 billion dollars, according to the National Hurricane Center.
More than six million people are still without power across 17 states and Sandy has even led to the deaths of at least 61 people, the report added.