Mike Highfield, an economist at Mississippi State University estimated an immediate economic loss from Hurricane Sandy to be about $20 billion dollars in property damage – or $60 billion when considering lost work time, lost tax revenue on wages, a loss of spending effect and loss of commerce during business closures.

This is the story of Benson New York – a clothing company in Chelsea, N.Y. which suffered losses as a result of the hurricane. The company’s manager shares how she faced Hurricane Sandy.