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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.