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Damaged motorhome on Morningside Drive.One of the many downed trees in Morningside Park after Irene hit.

Hurricane Irene, the hurricane that wasn’t, has cost the city at least $55 million. According to the Office of Emergency Management that figure may go higher for the tropical storm that blew through New York City on August 27. Irene forced the unprecedented shutdown of the MTA, flooding, downed power lines and trees. Federal disaster aid is expected to pick up 90 percent of the tab.