FEMA News

FEMA Administrator Questioned Over Sandy Flood Claims

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked an independent watchdog to examine whether the flood-insurance program is shortchanging Superstorm Sandy victims. Administrator Craig Fugate testified before a subcommittee chaired by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on Wednesday. The …

Lower Insurance Rates Expected with Accreditation of West Monroe Levee

The 10-mile stretch of levee protecting West Monroe has been accredited by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “It’s great news for West Monroe and for the district,” said Tensas Basin Levee District executive director John Stringer. “It’s a good first …

1,300 N.Y., N.J. Households Losing FEMA Rental Aid This Week

Over 1,000 families in New York and New Jersey displaced by Superstorm Sandy are losing their federal rental assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency benefit that helped them obtain temporary housing runs out on Thursday, May 1. Citing FEMA statistics, …

FEMA Extends ‘Proof of Loss’ Deadline for Sandy Flood Insurance Claims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a bulletin Monday announcing that it will grant an additional extension to Superstorm Sandy victims for the “proof of loss” filing deadline for their flood insurance claims. Under the National Flood Insurance Program …

N.J. Gov. Asks FEMA to Give Sandy Victims More Time to File Flood Claims

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration is urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to give the state’s residents and businesses who suffered flood damages from Superstorm Sandy an additional six-month extension to file a complete flood insurance claim, or …

Colorado Flood Survivors New Worry: Insurance Cost Hike

Thousands of Coloradans could face major cost increases for their flood insurance, just as many are trying to decide whether to rebuild or move on after the devastating September flooding. More than 5,700 federally subsidized policies in Colorado could be …

Grant to Help Raise Houses in Louisiana; Flood Insurance a Requirement

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing a grant to help pay for the elevation of 16 houses Jefferson Parish. The grant covers about $2.1 million of the estimated $2.7 million total cost of the project. FEMA officials say elevating …

Iowa Council Facing Possible $50M Bill On Levees

Repairs and improvements on Council Bluffs river and creek levees in Iowa could cost the city $50 million. The Daily Nonpareil reported the estimate comes from a study on the work needed to repair river and creek levees to meet …

Some Mass. Towns Still Waiting for Federal Reimbursement Post-Sandy

Several Cape Cod communities in Massachusetts are still waiting for federal reimbursement for repair work after Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 and the blizzard of February 2013. The Cape Cod Times reports that Sandwich, for example, had $5 million in …

Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps Released for 2 N.J. Counties

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Monday released Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for New Jersey’s Middlesex and Monmouth Counties that reflect the latest refinements to the ongoing analysis of flood hazards. FEMA said this release is the …