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.
A reversal by FEMA means a religious community may qualify for Sandy aid for a damaged boardwalk.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FEMA has released updated flood maps for four counties in New Jersey which drastically decreases the size of the areas deemed to be at the highest risk of flooding, compared with a version released last winter. That means many shore residents won't have to raise the elevation of homes as high.
FEMA has released new maps that have greatly reduced the number of homes located in the highest-risk zones, and a great number of homeowners once concerned about what to do with their homes are now relieved. New Jersey Public Radio's Scott Gurian explains.
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Parts of Ortley Beach, Mantaloking, Like a Ghost Town 7 months post Sandy.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has shrunk the area along the New Jersey shore that it considers vulnerable to high wave action during hurricanes and other storms.
What would the FEMA flood zones released this week look like flooded with water? Now you can see.
The federal government has issued new flood maps for New York City that will make it a lot easier, and cheaper, to live along the coast.
Governor Christie says the $900 million dollars from HUD in Washington earmarked to help homeowners rebuild does have some strings attached which may mean work won't start until July.
Fielder Avenue in Ortley Beach was one of the worst hit blocks at the shore. Sandy destroyed 10 homes, and badly damaged most others. WNYC has been visiting the block and collecting the stories of residents and their struggles to rebuild.
Advisory flood maps issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency over the past four months were supposed to help people figure out how to rebuild higher and stronger. But in some parts of the region, the maps have sparked a backlash because they will potentially require thousands of homes to buy flood insurance that did not need to before.
New information has emerged about a New Jersey contract with AshBritt, a politically-connected debris removal company.
If Staten Island’s Great Kills Marina Cafe is able to reopen this spring after Sandy ripped apart its interior – blowing out windows and punching through walls – it will be thanks to assistance from the federal government.
Many New Jersey homeowners badly-affected by Sandy are still struggling to repair their damages and rebuild. But thousands who filed flood insurance claims months ago, have yet to receive the money they need to pay for that work. That's causing a lot of finger pointing from Trenton to Washington.