FEMA Extends Deadline For Superstorm Sandy Victims To Challenge Flood Insurance Claims

September 23, 2015

FEMA Extends Deadline For Superstorm Sandy Victims To Challenge Flood Insurance Claims

Homeowners will have another 30 days to request a review of their payouts.

By: PATRICIA A. MILLER (Patch Staff) | September 16, 2015
Original Story: http://patch.com/new-jersey/berkeley-nj/fema-extends-deadline-superstorm-sandy-victims-challenge-flood-insurance-claims

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Homeowners affected by Superstorm Sandy will another 30 days to have their flood insurance claims reviewed, after FEMA agreed to a last-minute extension, according a statement by Sen. Robert Menendez.

“I promised to hold FEMA’s feet to the fire and ensure the process was fair and not a repeat of the first attempt,” Menendez said shortly before the 9 p.m. deadline was set to expire on Tuesday.

“I’m pleased to announce that FEMA has heeded our calls and agreed to extend the deadline for Sandy survivors to have their flood insurance claims reviewed to ensure they get every penny they’re entitled to,” he said.

Only a small amount of New Jersey homeowners affected by the storm had filed to have their claims reviewed by the deadline. Many cited storm fatigue or fear they might lose benefits they had already received as reasons for not filing.

“I promised to hold FEMA’s feet to the fire and ensure the process was fair and not a repeat of the first attempt,” Menendez said. “This 30-day extension will help keep that promise and give Sandy survivors the time they need to understand the rules, opt-in and have their claims reviewed.”

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has also agreed to waive any duplication of benefits that results from additional insurance funds under $20,000, he said.

Patch will update with more information later.

Photo credit: Good Luck Point, Bayville, New Jersey, by Patricia A. Miller