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WNYC News

The Fight Over the City's Flood Zones Will Matter for Years to Come

Monday, June 29, 2015

Make them too big, and homeowners will pay unnecessary insurance premiums; too small, and residents will — once again — suffer.

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WNYC News

Why Sandy Homeowners Were Left in the Lurch

Thursday, May 14, 2015

WSHU
Despite what insurers say, they had a financial incentive to avoid overpaying claims. But if they underpaid and were taken to court, FEMA would cover their legal fees.  

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WNYC News

FEMA Flood Zone Maps Include 450,000 More Households

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The new maps mean twice as many New York City properties will be in a flood zone.

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WNYC News

Feds Grant $3B to NYC Public Housing

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WNYC
A grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be used for repairs and resiliency measures at 33 city public housing developments.

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WNYC News

Guarded Optimism on Reopening Sandy-Related Flood Claims

Friday, March 13, 2015

Announcement that insurance payouts will be reviewed follows months of growing complaints that compensation was unfair.

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WNYC News

Resolving FEMA's Flood Claims Could Cost Billions

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Federal officials have agreed to re-evaluate any Sandy-related flood insurance claim with questionable practices.

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WNYC News

FEMA Begins Settling Flood Insurance Claims

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

WSHU
On the hot seat after revelations of fraud, the federal agency makes deals with 160 homeowners in just two weeks.

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WNYC News

National Flood Insurance Was Once Just Broke; Now It Looks Broken

Friday, February 20, 2015

Homeowners say they've been systematically cheated — the government promises reform.

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WNYC News

FEMA Promises Fix to Flood Insurance System that Leaves Homeowners in Lurch

Friday, December 05, 2014

NJ Spotlight
Up to now, companies have been penalized if they overpay flood claims, but not if they underpay them. That creates an incentive for them to lowball damages.

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WNYC News

Senators: Sandy Homeowners Systematically Denied Insurance Claims

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A legal case has uncovered what could be a pervasive practice: insurers hired engineers to rewrite damage assessments to reduce their payouts.

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WNYC News

FEMA to Give NYC's Public Hospitals $1.6 Billion in Sandy Aid

Thursday, November 06, 2014

WNYC
Four public hospitals are slated to receive the "largest single upfront" payment in FEMA history. 

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WNYC News

Enviros: Flood Maps Skipped 300,000 New Yorkers in Sandy's Path

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

An environmental group says FEMA's flood maps underestimated the extent of the storm's impact, affecting more than 300,000 New Yorkers.

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WNYC News

FEMA Money to Turn Up the Heat in Sandy-Damaged Public Housing

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A long-awaited federal funds will replace broken-down, temporary boilers and reimburse the city for the cost of maintaining them.

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WNYC News

Backlash Over Flood Insurance Hits Congress

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

WHYY
NJ Spotlight

A bill in the U.S. Senate to delay rate hikes for homeowners in flood-prone areas could be voted on as early as Wednesday.

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New Jersey News

Methodists Win Round in Boardwalk Battle

Friday, January 17, 2014

NJ Spotlight

A reversal by FEMA means a religious community may qualify for Sandy aid for a damaged boardwalk.

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WNYC News

Fed Flood Maps Left NY Unprepared for Sandy — and FEMA Knew It

Friday, December 06, 2013

The maps were wrong. And FEMA knew it. Thousands of the buildings incorrectly identified as outside the flood zone were damaged when seawater surged ashore as Hurricane Sandy made landfall on Oct. 29, 2012.

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New Jersey News

Sandy Victims Get 6 More Months to File FEMA Docs

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

After pressure from a number of lawmakers, FEMA announced on Tuesday that it will grant an additional six month extension for Sandy survivors to file Proof of Loss statements, which are the first step in appealing a flood insurance settlement.

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New Jersey News

The Jersey Shore's Summer That Wasn't

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

WNYC

Despite $5.57 billion in federal disaster assistance to New Jersey survivors of Sandy, Seaside Heights and other nearby towns experienced a 40 percent drop-off in tourism-related businesses this summer.

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New Jersey News

Buy-Out Dilemma: To Rebuild or Pull Up Stakes

Thursday, August 08, 2013

WHYY
NJ Spotlight
WNYC

For many homeowners and businesses recovering from Sandy, the mantra has been to rebuild stronger. But some New Jersey residents have concluded that their best option is not to rebuild at all.

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New Jersey News

For This Homeowner, FEMA Maps Went Wrong Way

Thursday, July 25, 2013

WNYC

For most people, recent changes to FEMA maps bring good news – many homeowners have been moved to less-risky zones and therefore may not have to elevate their homes or make other costly changes. But in very rare cases, the risk rating has gone the other way.

 

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