National Flood Insurance Program

Charles Lane / WSHU

Five years later, homeowners on the East Coast are still recovering from Superstorm Sandy. Even those with insurance are still struggling to get money to rebuild. That’s because thousands of them were systemically underpaid by their insurance companies. 

Matthew Schuerman / WNYC

Everything looked fine from the outside when Fran Adelson returned to her house the morning after Sandy hit in October 2012. Then she opened the front door.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., will push bipartisan legislation to make flood insurance more affordable. The legislation comes right as the short-term flood insurance extension is set to expire in December.

Lori Mack / WNPR

New Haven has been given a class 7 rating by the National Flood Insurance Program. That’s the highest rating available in the state.

Charles Lane / WSHU

In a gutted house in Bellaire, Texas, Sean Westerling and his helper measure everything –  closets, doorways, windows.

“You need to get the serial number off this freezer,” Westerling says.

FEMA wants serial numbers to make sure taxpayers didn't already pay for appliances in the last storm.

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