Superstorm Sandy


There are blizzard warnings for coastal Connecticut and Long Island as a winter storm hits the region.

By Saturday evening, snow was falling at a rate of 3 inches per hour on Long Island. Officials are expecting 24-30 inches of snow. With 40 mph winds, that could lead to dangerous storm surge.

"Personally, I'm more worried about the flooding then the snow. Flooding can do tremendous, tremendous damage,", said Governor Andrew Cuomo, "As we've learned the hard way."

Karen Dewitt

As the fourth anniversary of the devastating storms Irene and Lee approaches, the Cuomo Administration said it’s more ready than ever for hurricanes, floods, and other adverse weather events.

Since Governor Andrew Cuomo took office in 2011, there’s been a succession of severe storms, including hurricanes Irene and Lee that brought massive flooding to upstate, Superstorm Sandy in 2012 that flooded beach front communities on Long Island and submerged portions of the New York City subway system in corrosive salt water.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it has begun making new payments to victims of Superstorm Sandy after allegations that thousands of homeowners in New York and New Jersey were not paid what they were due from the National Flood Insurance Program.

The deadline for Superstorm Sandy victims to apply for their flood insurance claims to be reviewed is about a month away.

Wikipedia user Jim.henderson

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced over $6 million in grants today to help repair historic properties damaged in Superstorm Sandy.

The properties include the Fraunces Tavern museum in Manhattan. It was a gathering place for Revolutionary War-era patriots such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams.

Another grant will aid the Old Westbury Gardens. It's considered a premier example of a Long Island "Gold Coast" country estate.

The Long Island town of Brookhaven has plans to buy and demolish seven houses damaged by Superstorm Sandy.  The shoreline houses are currently owned by the state of New York. After the December 2012 storm, the state determined they were at high risk of flooding and bought the homes from their owners.

The shoreline cottages sit on marshland in Mastic Beach, a village in Brookhaven. The Long Island Nature Conservancy plans to partner with Brookhaven to demolish the homes and return the area to its natural state as marshland.