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Many Hurricane Sandy Victims Getting Shortchanged on Flood Insurance

Alamy By DAVID B. CARUSO NEW YORK -- Many homeowners who got slammed by Superstorm Sandy are finding their flood insurance checks are nowhere near large enough to cover their repairs, and consumer advocates put some of the blame on errors by the multitude of adjusters who were hired in a hurry after the disaster. They... Continue Reading »

Lower Manhattan 4 Months After Superstorm Sandy: Deserted and Still Struggling

The historic cobblestone streets and 19th-century mercantile buildings near the water's edge in lower Manhattan are eerily deserted, a neighborhood silenced by Superstorm Sandy. Just blocks from the tall-masted ships that rise above South Street Seaport, the windows of narrow brick apartment buildings are still... Continue Reading »

Disaster Tax Relief: How to Optimize Your Refund If Your Home Has Been Damaged

By Mary Boone Wildfires in the West, flooding and landslides in Alaska and hard-hitting Superstorm Sandy were just a few of the major natural disasters that hit the United States last year. In all, 112 federal disaster declarations were issued in 2012. For those living in an area where a federal disaster has been... Continue Reading »

Superstorm Sandy Buyout Program Would Offer Storm Victims Full Market Value for Destroyed Homes

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to spend up to $400 million to buy and demolish homes wrecked by Superstorm Sandy and permanently preserve the land as undeveloped coastline, an idea that received generally positive reviews Monday from New Yorkers in some of the storm's hardest hit communities. "A lot of people need that... Continue Reading »

Congress' Superstorm Sandy Aid Package Passed, Bill Goes to Obama

Three months after Superstorm Sandy ravaged coastal areas in much of the Northeast, Congress on Monday sent a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for storm victims to President Barack Obama for his signature. "I commend Congress for giving families and businesses the help they deserve, and I will sign this bill into... Continue Reading »

Hurricane Sandy and 2012's Other Natural Disasters Could Cost Homeowners for Years to Come

Mother Nature certainly made herself known in 2012, unleashing unusually destructive wildfires and storms across the U.S. Hurricane Sandy alone caused up to $50 billion in damage. While the spate of disasters weighs on homeowners in the near-term in the form of reconstruction costs, it may have significant long-term... Continue Reading »

Princess Cottage, Hurricane Sandy Symbol, Torn Down in Union Beach, N.J.

The Princess Cottage, a 150-year-old home on New Jersey's Union Beach that became the symbol of Hurricane Sandy after the monster storm ripped it in half, was torn down in 15 minutes by bulldozers on Friday. John Zois, who had lived in the home for six months before Sandy hit, had been hopeful that it could be saved. He... Continue Reading »

Reclaim NYC Turns Hurricane Sandy Wreckage Into Furniture for a Good Cause

A group of New York City designers have come together to turn wreckage from Hurricane Sandy into beautiful housewares that will be auctioned off to benefit storm victims. Reclaim NYC, a group started by design/architecture writer Jennifer Krichels and some of her colleagues and friends, called on local designers and... Continue Reading »

'Princess Cottage,' Home That Became Hurricane Sandy Symbol, Might Yet Be Saved

You may recognize the above image as one of the many iconic photos of devastation by Hurricane Sandy. (It was featured on a Newsweek cover.) But Jon Zois, who had lived in the home for the past six months, recently told NBC 4 NewYork that there's hope that the 150-year-old house, known as the Princess Cottage, might be... Continue Reading »

Foreclosure Mess Awaits States Hit by Superstorm Sandy

By Les Christie Before Superstorm Sandy, some of the hardest-hit areas in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were experiencing a huge spike in foreclosures. But now that a moratorium on foreclosure activity in these disaster areas has been put in place, the foreclosure problems are about to get worse. In the 34... Continue Reading »

Hurricane Sandy: What To Do If Insurance Claim Is Rejected

By Mandi Woodruff Hurricane Sandy is expected to cost a staggering $50 billion, with as many as 200,000 claims for wind damage and 20,000 claims for flood damage filed by consumers. The sooner those claims are filed the better, but that doesn't necessarily mean everyone will get what they ask for. One of the... Continue Reading »

Stranded Hurricane Sandy Survivor Leaves Farewell Message in Evacuated Home

A young man who was swept from his Jersey Shore home by Hurricane Sandy managed to find refuge in an evacuated house, then scrawled a heart-rending message to his father there in the hope that it would be found in case he died. The note by the man, identified only as Mike, has made waves across social media and... Continue Reading »

Hurricane Recovery for Homeowners: Surviving and Rebuilding After an Epic Storm

As Hurricane Sandy showed us this week, the widespread devastation wreaked on cities and communities by natural disasters can be significant, costly and debilitating. Homes often suffer severe structural damage caused by wind and flooding, and a lifetime of personal possessions can go missing forever. Hurricane Sandy... Continue Reading »

'Superstorm' Hurricane Sandy Power Outages: Should You Buy a Standby Generator for Your Home?

As Hurricane Sandy brings its howling winds and pelting rain ashore on the East Coast, estimates show that as many as 10 million people could lose power -- and remain in the dark for a week or more. It's the second time in as many years that a hurricane has targeted the heavily populated Northeast corridor of the U.S. --... Continue Reading »

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