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Friday, May 29, 2015
Rallying against FEMA ‘loophole’
Sandy victims protest flood insurance exclusion
Anthony Rifilato/Herald
City Council members Eileen Goggin and Fran Adelson, far left, Legislator Dave Denenberg, Michele Mittleman, County Executive Ed Mangano and Legislator Denise Ford denounced the earth-movement exclusion clause in the NFIP program.

“You should have been in your house nine months ago,” County Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) told the crowd. “… [T]here was no earth moving, that was floodwaters. This has to stop.”

More than 100 frustrated homeowners, many of whom are still displaced 10 months after Hurricane Sandy, rallied in front of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola on Aug. 29, and urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency to close a loophole that has raised the ire of thousands of residents of New York and New Jersey whose flood insurance claims have been denied. Many even called on President Obama to issue an executive order mandating that FEMA change the policy.

A provision of the National Flood Insurance Program, which is managed by FEMA, states that property loss caused by earth movement — even if it is the direct result of flooding — is not covered.

Denenberg, County Executive Ed Mangano, Legislator Denise Ford (R-Long Beach), Long Beach City Council members Fran Adelson and Eileen Goggin and others joined residents from across the South Shore to protest the policy, with many holding signs that read “Still Homeless.”

“… [T]o deny them relief because floodwaters caused their earth movement is ridiculous,” Mangano said. “Storm water was clearly the destructive force here. This exclusion is causing needless pain and suffering.”

Freeport resident Michele Mittleman, an attorney who created a Facebook page in July called Sandy Victims Fight FEMA, organized the rally.

FEMA maintains that more than 99.5 percent of the more than 143,000 Sandy-related flood insurance claims have been closed, and policyholders have been paid more than $7.8 billion. But Mittleman said she was denied full coverage for her home, which had to be demolished after it sustained extensive damage and was condemned. She and many others said they believe the earth-movement exclusion is being improperly used by FEMA so it can avoid paying homeowners’ claims.

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Sandeep

Folks with flood insurance do not have earth movement insurance. So they want NFIP/FEMA to pay then to repair their foundations even though they never insured for that event.

But wait only 50% of folks had flood insurance. So why are then not protesting that everyone with a FEMA claim also get paid for earth movement. Also if FEMA pays out for this non-covered event the 50% without flood insurance taxes will go up to pay this claim. Insult to injury. Neighbor with identical foundation damage who never insured for it gets paid, you dont and you then you chip in your taxes to pay for it.

They should protest that everyone including folks without flood insurance get paid for earth movement. If no sandy victim insured against it why should only folks with flood insurance get it.

Also can this be covered in a NYS rising grant. Why beat a dead horse just apply to NYS rising.

Thursday, September 5, 2013 | Report this
dede470

Let me tell you something, people that did not have flood insurance got the $30,000 from FEMA and a SBA loan and returned to their homes. Guess what??? that $30,000 they got was from the people who paid years of flood coverage and now we are the ones not living at home, paying a mortgage on a house that's uninhabitable and paying rent else where. So Mr Sandeep you are probably one of those people that took my money and the other 1000's of families money and are living in your home laughing at the rest us that are homeless. Guess what? Your day is numbered. Cause when the next big flood comes, SURPRISE you are getting nothing, ziltch....cause that hel is going bye bye too buddy. So enjoy your home now.

Sunday, September 15, 2013 | Report this
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