Superstorm Sandy News

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 …

New Jersey Test Site for Drone Use During Disasters

How to distribute lifesaving supplies quickly and safely after a natural disaster has long been a puzzle for responders. Now, drones might be the lifesaver. That idea was put to the test last week in New Jersey as a drone …

Average Atlantic Hurricane Season Expected This Year

U.S. government forecasters expect a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season, after three relatively slow years. But they also say climate conditions that influence storm development are making it difficult to predict how many hurricanes and tropical storms will arise over the …

New York City Flood Defense Plan Advances Slowly

After ocean waters poured into lower Manhattan during Superstorm Sandy, experts began dreaming up a solution: a U-shaped barrier of earthen berms, walls and gates that would keep floods out and the nation’s financial capital dry. Now, more than three …

More N.J. Beach Homeowners File Suit to Block Sand Dunes

In the dead of winter, the dune wars are heating up at the Jersey shore. More oceanfront homeowners are going to court to try to block protective sand dunes from being built near their homes, on land they currently own. …

Victims Finally See Some Cash 3 Years After Sandy

Many people who complained a federal insurance program shortchanged them after Superstorm Sandy swamped their homes are getting some validation three years later in the form of cash. A Federal Emergency Management Agency review launched in the spring has been …

3 Years Later, New Jersey Sandy Protesters Blast Governor

Some victims of Superstorm Sandy said they feel New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has forgotten about them in his pursuit of the presidency. About a dozen protesters pitched tents and tried to camp out across from the Statehouse in Trenton …

Sandy’s Third Anniversary a Sobering Reminder of Coastal Vulnerability

It’s been three years since Superstorm Sandy, regarded as a one in 500 year event, struck a dozen states in the Northeast. The storm’s size, a 1000 mild wide wind field, and record-breaking low pressure devastated parts of the Eastern …