Sandy flood News

Connecticut’s Interest in Berms, Dunes Grows After Sandy

Devastating flooding from Superstorm Sandy has sparked growing interest in building berms and sand dunes for protection along the Connecticut coast, a swath of land with some of the nation’s priciest real estate where officials say obstacles include concerns about …

N.J. Gov. Christie Signs Order to Quicken Dune Construction at Beaches

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed an executive order to speed the construction of sand dunes to protect its coast from storms over the objections of beachfront homeowners worried about losing their ocean views. The order, which took effect Wednesday, …

New Jersey Court Rules Against Homeowners in Dune Dispute

A New Jersey town can present evidence of the benefits of building dunes as storm barriers when homeowners with beachfront properties seek compensation for losing their ocean views, the state‚Äôs highest court ruled. The Borough of Harvey Cedars on Long …

Dunes vs. Property Rights in Storm-Battered New Jersey

The sand dune that ruined Harvey and Phyllis Karan’s view of the ocean allowed their beachfront home to see another day when Superstorm Sandy’s surge crashed ashore. They still want the $375,000 a court awarded them for the blocked sunrise, …

Insurer Reports Sandy Flood Claims Resolving Quickly

A bulletin by the National Flood Insurance Program helped spur quicker processing of Sandy flood-related claims. Prior to the bulletin, claims were adjusted according to the policy and guidelines established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to Jeff …

Sandy Blow to N.J.: Costly Work or Costlier Flood Insurance Premiums

Superstorm Sandy landed one final stunning blow to New Jersey on Thursday, Jan. 24, as the state adopted rebuilding guidelines that come with sticker shock. They will force homeowners in flood zones to spend tens of thousands of dollars to …

Flood Walls for Subways: N.Y. Commission Urges Safeguards Against Future Storms

A commission formed to examine ways to guard against storms like Sandy released a report Jan. 11 that calls for flood walls in subways, water pumps at airports and sea barriers along the coast. The final report was first obtained …

Readying for Sandy, New Jersey Transit Erred in Modeling Storm

New Jersey Transit incorrectly used federal government software that otherwise could have warned officials against a disastrous decision to leave hundreds of millions of dollars worth of equipment in a low-lying rail yard before Superstorm Sandy struck, a Reuters examination …

Sandy-Flooded Inland Towns in N.J. See No Solutions

Images of New Jersey’s devastated shoreline captivated the nation in the days after Superstorm Sandy.Less noticed was the enormous damage caused inland when earthen barriers along or near the Hackensack River were breached, sending a tidal surge washing over parts …

New York City Panel Meets to Mull Storm-Resilient Buildings

Architects, engineers, real estate experts and lawmakers are gathering to discuss how to make New York City buildings better able to withstand storms and global warming. The city’s Building Resiliency Task Force met for the first time Wednesday. It’s due …