Since January, shoreline property owners in Connecticut have been facing a new financial reality. In addition to the repair bills many are still paying after the storms of 2011 and 2012, including Irene and Sandy, thousands are now facing considerably higher flood insurance bills. The Connecticut Mirror’s Jan Ellen Spiegel reports this increased cost of living on the coast has some worried it will become even more exclusive than it already is.
A Connecticut state senator is using the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy to criticize the Governor Dannel Malloy administration for not doing enough to help homeowners affected by the storm. Senator Len Fasano says the administration is actually hampering rebuilding efforts in his shoreline community.
After Superstorm Sandy communities high and dry for as long as anyone can remember suddenly found themselves under eight feet of water. Post Sandy, a booming business in New York and New Jersey is house lifting. Picking a house up and setting it on stilts or a higher foundation to protect it from a future storm surge. But the rush to lift houses has regulators scurrying to catch up.
On Wednesday, Connecticut Governor Malloy announced the opening of four intake centers in the state to help homeowners apply for disaster assistance from super storm Sandy. The centers are in Norwalk, Milford, Fairfield and East Haven. The state Department of Housing is distributing $30 million in federal relief assistance for homeowners not covered by insurance or FEMA. Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein says if residents have any questions they should visit a center.
As Connecticut continues to rebuild its shoreline after two years of tropical-style storms, the idea that some parts of the coast should not have homes on them is gaining more and more traction with federal and state officials. But local officials and homeowners – not so much. As the CT Mirror’s Jan Ellen Spiegel reports, two home buyout programs have had few takers.