Wednesday, November 08, 2017

"Business of Disaster" on PBS Frontline looks at behavior of FEMA and flood insurance after Sandy in New York

Tonight Wednesday November 8, 2017, PBS Frontline aired “Business of Disaster” about the way homeowners lost out after counting on government-backed flood insurance after Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

The broadcast focused on Staten Island and southern Rockaways.

People often tried to lift their homes on stilts, or to rebuild all the joists from scratch.  A big controversy was whether foundation damage was caused by Sandy or had been pre-existing.

Byzantine bureaucracy of New York’s “Build It Back” program seemed to leave homeowners owing large legal bills. 

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