Superstorm Sandy News

Replacement of New Jersey Sandy-Damaged Rail Bridge Moving Ahead

The lasting effects of Superstorm Sandy continue to wash across New Jersey, evident today on a century-old railroad bridge that nearly became a casualty of the ferocious October 2012 onslaught. The storm surge from the Atlantic Ocean up into the …

Wealthy New Jersey Beachfront Owners Reject Federal Aid, Pay for own Storm Barrier

Oceanfront homeowners in the wealthy Bay Head, N.J., shore enclave have so little faith in the government’s ability to protect them from catastrophic storms that they’ve spent $5 million of their own money on boulders placed between their homes and …

Guilty Plea for Former Engineering Firm Exec in Sandy Insurance Case

A former director of an engineering firm charged with illegally altering reports about damage from Superstorm Sandy pleaded guilty to unauthorized practice of engineering in connection with the case, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday. Matthew Pappalardo, 39, …

Hottest 5 Years Ever for Earth

Earth experienced its hottest half-decade on record between 2011 and 2015 and the floods, droughts and storms unleashed by rising temperatures are likely only a prelude to new weather extremes, the World Meteorological Organization said. As delegates from almost 200 …

Decline in Travelers Profit Continues

Travelers Cos., the sole property/casualty insurer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, posted its fourth-straight profit decline as weather-related costs climbed and investment income slipped. Third-quarter net income fell 23 percent to $716 million, or $2.45 a share, from $928 …

Fraud News Around the Nation

Washington Couple Gets Jail Time in Workers’ Comp Scam Officials say a married couple who owned and operated a now defunct foreign-language interpreter service just north of Seattle has been sentenced to jail for a fraudulent billing scheme. The Washington …

Partial Win for Amtrak Sandy Insurance Federal Appeal

Amtrak secured a partial U.S. appellate court win on Wednesday in its efforts to recoup insurance coverage after the railroad service sustained more than $1 billion in losses during Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals …

Congress’ Help Expected to Aid Louisiana in Flood Recovery

Insurance payments and traditional federal aid programs won’t be enough to respond to the catastrophic flooding that ravaged tens of thousands of homes across south Louisiana, wrecking entire subdivisions and devastating entire cities. Louisiana, once again, will be asking Congress …

Engineering Firm Charged With Forging Sandy Reports

New York authorities charged a Long Island engineering firm and one of its former executives with forging damage reports for homes swamped by Hurricane Sandy, altering the documents in such a way that owners’ flood insurance claims were eventually denied. …

New Jersey Pier Destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, Fire Might Be Done

A historic Jersey shore pier that was pummeled by Superstorm Sandy, then destroyed in a spectacular fire might finally be done in by building regulations. The owner of the former Funtown Pier says he won’t rebuild it if the town …