Over the winter, the SoundWaters nature education center in Stamford got an unexpected donation: 22 baby diamondback terrapins rescued from an international turtle-smuggling ring.
SoundWaters director Leigh Shemitz says the baby turtles came by overnight mail from Anchorage, Alaska. That’s where U.S. customs officials found more than 200 of them, in her words, “Stuffed into buckets and boxes and boots on their way to China.”
Cars lifted by floodwater are mired in several feet of sand in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, in Long Beach, N.Y. Lawyers representing about 1,800 homeowners are trying to prove that some engineering firms hired to inspect the damage issued bogus reports that led reduced insurance payouts.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Monday it's boosting its oversight of the private insurance companies contracted by the National Flood Insurance Program.
FEMA manages the flood program, which allows people to buy flood insurance from the federal government. The agency hires private insurance companies to process claims and payouts in the flood program. The insurance companies hire engineering firms to survey damage, and adjusting firms to calculate how much it will cost to repair the damage.
Commission member and city of Norwalk Fire Chief Denis McCarthy holds a copy of the final report from the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission after a presentation at the Legislative Office Building, Friday, March 6, 2015, in Hartford, Conn. The commission was formed to provide a of review current policy and to make recommendations in the areas of public safety, mental health, and gun violence prevention after the 2012 killings of 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
More than two years after it was convened, the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission has concluded its work. The commission presented its 277-page final report to Gov. Dannel Malloy Friday. Malloy formed the group in early 2013 to make recommendations for policy changes in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in December of 2012.
Robert Connolly, left, embraces his wife Laura as they survey the remains of the home owned by her parents that burned to the ground in the Breezy Point section of New York, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. More than 50 homes were destroyed in the fire which swept through the oceanfront community during superstorm Sandy. At right is their son, Kyle.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday it will reopen as many as 15,000 insurance claims related to Superstorm Sandy. The announcement comes after two weeks of negotiations with homeowners who say fraudulent engineering reports shortchanged them out of tens of thousands of dollars.
It was happenstance that a handful of homeowners discovered the damage estimates to their homes were based on forged engineering reports. During litigation, lawyers said they uncovered thousands more questionable reports.