NEW YORK -- Cleanup efforts continue downstate as many continue to come to grips with a storm that has caused so much damage and devastation.
Governor Cuomo says 1,800 utility workers from upstate are heading down to help with the cleanup. He says it'll take several more days before power is fully restored to residents in New York City and Long Island.
More than 70 people have died as a result of storm.
The governor, along with other officials, went on a helicopter tour Wednesday to get an aerial look at the damage left by Sandy.
Several tunnels that connect Manhattan to Brooklyn and New Jersey were badly flooded.
Cuomo says a plan is needed to make sure federal, state, and local resources are being used effectively. He says we need to anticipate extreme weather conditions in the future.
"Part of learning from this is the recognition that climate change is a reality. Extreme weather is a reality. It is a reality that we are vulnerable. And if we are going to do our job as elected officials, we are going to think about how to redesign or make modifications so we don't endure this type of damage," said Cuomo.
Cuomo says he expects the cost of damage in New York State to be in the billions.