Superstorm Sandy

Superstorm Sandy recovery
6:41 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

FEMA Vows To Reform Flood Program

United States flags are displayed on flood-damaged homes in the Breezy Point section of Queens, N.Y., Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.
Credit Credit AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

The Federal Emergency Management Agency adopted a number of reforms Friday aimed at helping homeowners who say they are being shortchanged by insurance companies.

Homeowners and elected officials have complained that the taxpayer-funded National Flood Insurance Program gives an incentive to private insurance companies to lowball flood claims by penalizing for overpayments, not underpayments.

FEMA has vowed to create a task force to fix this.

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"unprincipled practices may be widespread"
4:33 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

FEMA Called On To Investigate Sandy Claims

United States flags are displayed on flood-damaged homes in the Breezy Point section of Queens, N.Y., Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.
Credit AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

U.S. Senators in New York and New Jersey are calling on FEMA to investigate how insurance claims related to Superstorm Sandy were secretly rewritten to favor insurance companies at the expense of homeowners.

It was only by chance Deborah Ramey, of Long Beach, N.Y., discovered an engineering report about her home was rewritten to say that it wasn't Sandy that damaged her home and, thus, the damage was not covered by insurance.

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Superstorm Sandy clean-up
2:03 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Federal officials award grants to clean shoreline debris from Superstorm Sandy

In this Oct. 29, 2012 file photo, storm surge hits a small tree as winds from Hurricane Sandy reached Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Conn. Water from Long Island Sound spilled into roadways and towns along the Connecticut shoreline, the first signs of flooding from a storm that delivered a devastating surge of seawater.
Credit Jessica Hill / A.P.

Nearly two years after Superstorm Sandy, several Northeastern states, including Connecticut and New York, are receiving $4.7 million in federal money to track down and remove debris, including boat remains, docks, and construction material.  The grants were awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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44 Conn. cities and towns using VEOCI software
12:04 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

New Haven tech company gaining attention for emergency management software

Bridgeport's Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Scott Appleby addressing first responders at the city's Emergency Operations Center.
Credit Brian Scott-Smith

As cities and towns across Connecticut look to improve their coordination during emergencies, many are signing up for a system created by New Haven-based Grey Wall Software called VEOCI, or  the Virtual Emergency Operations Center.

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Transportation
5:12 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Tree clearing along Merritt 30% done, says CDOT

The Connecticut Department of Transportation says tree clearing along the 37 mile-long Merritt Parkway is about 30 percent complete. DOT crews have been on a major push to clear trees along the state’s roads since Hurricane Irene, the October snowstorm in 2011 and super storm Sandy. 

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