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US Senators Cory Booker & Robert Menendez announce FEMA to reopen 142,000 Flood Claims


The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to reopen claims filed by nearly 142,000 homeowners whose properties were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Agency officials will review the claims filed by any of the 141,800 homeowners with federal flood insurance who ask them to do so, U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) said today following a closed-door meeting at the Capitol with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. (Via NJ.com)

Gillibrand and Rice’s Bipartisan Legislation Would Increase Transparency & Accountability to Improve How FEMA Handles Insurance Claims


After Superstorm Sandy victims faced an extensive, burdensome and fraud-ridden flood insurance claims process, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Kathleen rice today announced their push for new bipartisan legislation to require more transparency and accountability from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) so that home and property owners who carry flood insurance policies are better protected in the event of another storm. Gillibrand and Rice also renewed their push for FEMA to expedite its review of insurance claims – a process that began only after the revelation that insurance companies underpaid potentially thousands of claims. (Via Kathleen Rice, Senator)

Superstorm Sandy victims warn Irma, Harvey survivors it’s about to get worse


Hundreds of Superstorm Sandy victims have a chilling message for those digging out of their flooded homes in Texas, Louisiana and Florida: the hurricane was just the beginning of your misery. “My suggestion to anybody that was flooded (or) will be flooded, put on your big girl pants because it’s going to be a long bumpy ride,” said Diane Mazzacca of Beach Haven West, N.J., who’s still waiting for full reimbursement for the damage to her 1,400-square-foot house nearly five years after Sandy. (Via USA Today)

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