Superstorm Sandy: One year later
NEW YORK — A year ago, thousands of New York and New Jersey residents were displaced when Superstorm Sandy barreled ashore, and many are still fighting with insurance companies, slogging through red tape and waiting for government aid, according to NBC News.
The storm made landfall in the U.S. on October 29, 2012, killed an estimated 160 people here and inflicted billions of dollars in damages, the article stated.
According to the article, the state of rebuilding in the region varies; in some hard-hit neighborhoods, there are empty lots where homes once stood, while others, who lack the resources to rebuild, including those battling for insurance money or waiting for government aid, are still shacking up with relatives or living in temporary apartments.
For most of those still displaced by Sandy money is the major barrier to getting home: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided more than $1.4 billion in assistance to more than 182,000 disaster survivors in five states, but states have been slower to supply key $150,000 to $300,000 federal grants, the article noted.
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February 21, 2023