Superstorm Sandy victims must pay for taller utility poles

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) – It just doesn’t seem fair. Bridgewater resident Kathy Gerndt elevated her small one-story summer cottage on Moonrise Lane in Toms River, which was wrecked by Superstorm Sandy, eight feet to bring it into accordance with Federal Emergency Management Agency rules. Now Gerndt has a problem that’s not her fault but will… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, JCP&L, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Seeking FEMA Money For ‘The Full Universe Of Victims’

assetContent (51)New Jersey’s two U.S. senators say the number of Hurricane Sandy cases currently in federal court doesn’t begin to represent all the victims harmed by the government’s “unfair” process to recover insurance claims after the storm. Those victims, lawmakers say, are entitled to FEMA settlements. On Friday, Democratic Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker wrote to… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez, Cory Booker, FEMA, Flooding, Hurricane Sandy, National Flood Insurance Plan, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Better Prepared? What Meteorologists Learned from Hurricane Sandy

0026Sandy devastated most of the homes on Ron Krauss’s block in Union Beach, NJ. October 29, 2012 seemed like just another day for Ron Krauss and his family. The Halloween decorations were up at their Union Beach home, and though Sandy was approaching, Krauss wasn’t terribly worried. “We said we’re going to stay because nobody was… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Belmar’s “Home By Summer” Campaign Raises $50K in two weeks

The Sperber family hopes to be 'Home by Summer' with the help of Belmar's fundraising efforts

The Sperber family hopes to be ‘Home by Summer’ with the help of Belmar’s fundraising efforts

Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty announced yesterday that the fundraising campaign that he launched two weeks ago to assist the remaining two borough families displaced by Superstorm Sandy move back into their homes by this summer has raised $50,000 of it’s $200,000 goal.

The Keefe and Sperber families sustained significant damage to their homes and have seen the last of the state and federal grant money for Sandy relief programs run out while their home repairs continue to be ongoing and unaffordable.

“The response to this effort has been amazing.  Support for these two families has flooded in from all over the country.  The initial donations are enough to get contractors back working on these homes and more support is coming in every day.  We are building the momentum these families need to get back home by summer.” said Mayor Doherty.

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Posted: February 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Belmar, Hurricane Sandy, Matt Doherty, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Belmar wants its last 2 families displaced by Sandy ‘Home by Summer’

Belamar home by summerBELMAR – For more than two years, after Hurricane Sandy destroyed her family’s 14th Avenue home, Teresa Keefe, her three children and her mother have been living in a Lakewood apartment with relatives. Keefe shares a room with her 14-year-old daughter, Shayla, while her mother, Isabelle, and 9-year-old daughter, Alyssa, sleep in a dining room and… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Belmar, Hurricane Sandy, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

White House: Construction in Coastal Areas Must Factor in Climate Change

President Barack Obama has issued an executive order directing all government agencies handing out federal aid to incorporate stricter building requirements that take sea-level rise into account. The move is aimed at making residents in coastal areas safer from storms like Sandy, as well as ensuring that taxpayer money is spent wisely. Planners and environmentalists have… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Army Corp of Engineers, Barack Obama, FEMA, Flood Maps, Flooding, Hurricane Sandy, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Paint cans replace spray tans as new Jersey Shore reality show focuses on Sandy recovery

assetContent (29)A new reality television show plans to film on the Jersey Shore this spring but expect less “gym, tan, laundry” and more hammers, paint and sawdust. The series is a part of a project launched by Humanity TV’s TravelTelevision to focus attention on the ongoing Hurricane Sandy rebuilding effort in New Jersey and drive people to… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Explainer: Why Many Sandy Victims Are Frustrated With Their Insurance Companies

2156Of the nearly 75,000 flood-insurance claims that New Jersey homeowners filed in the aftermath of Sandy, FEMA says that the National Flood Insurance Program had paid 58,055 policyholders a total of $3.9 billion as of early last month. But 6,532 claims were rejected and closed without payment, and throughout the region, some 1,500 cases remain bogged… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, National Flood Insurance Plan, New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

N.J. couple hit with $33K flood insurance bill after Sandy gets reprieve

assetContentUNION BEACH — Nine months ago Richard Drake opened a letter notifying him of a 55-fold increase in his flood insurance premium even though he and his wife, Sandra, raised their Union Beach home three feet above federal requirements. Since then, Drake feared the $33,000-a-year bill would force his family to walk away from the home… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez, FEMA, Flood Maps, Flooding, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, National Flood Insurance Plan, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

‘We need help desperately,’ residents tell state officials at Sandy hearing

assetContent (3)TOMS RIVER — The state plans to spend most of the half billion dollars in Hurricane Sandy recovery funding allocated to New Jersey in the final round of aid from the federal government on affordable rental housing programs and grants for people who want to rebuild. But residents who spoke at a public hearing today in… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Hurricane Sandy, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »