FEMA Will Review All Flood Claims From H. Sandy

From the NYT on March 13, FEMA to Review All H. Sandy Flood Claims.

As noted by reader, James Fossett:

* * * this story from the New York Times which reports on an on-going dispute where it’s been alleged that engineering reports of flood damage were doctored to minimize federal flood insurance payouts. While disputes over what’s flood damage and what’s not seem endemic to recovery programs—they crop up in FEMA’s Public Assistance program as well—the fact that they’re still going on more than two years after Sandy doesn’t speak well for our ability to manage the recovery process.

See comments below.

Update on March 16: As many as 147,000 claims have to be reviewed!

1 thought on “FEMA Will Review All Flood Claims From H. Sandy

  1. From Bill Cumming:

    From July 1st 1974 to July 1st, 1986, I controlled the litigation for the NFIP. During that period at both HUD and FEMA I managed that litigation to support the flood plain managements aspects of the NFIP which is in fact a land use program not an insurance program. Few understood the difference unless they worked directly for me or were high-ranking property/casualty insurance business who went back to the Camelback Mountain meeting where many of those same officialsdecided to support a federal flood insurance program stressing mitigation and federal involvement.

    The NFIP original policy was issued for the very first time in June 1969 and simply substituted the peril of “flood” for the peril of “fire” in the N.Y. standard 1941 fire policy.

    If you were to read the published decisions of the NFIP in state and federal reporters you can understand why my policy decision was important and effectuated.

    Few managers and lawyers whether federal or private sector today understand that while insurance mechanisms are utilized the real mission and goals of the NFIP are to reduce flood losses and not to pretend it is designed to cover flood losses including repetitive losses.

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