The federal government’s recent announcement that it will reopen and review the flood insurance claims of any of the 144,000 Sandy victims who feel they were unfairly compensated wasin New Jersey. But just how significant this turns out to be depends on how exactly the appeals process plays out in the coming months.
If history is any guide, statistics show that the deck is nearly always stacked against homeowners trying to dispute their flood-insurance claims, with some experts calling the process a “joke” and saying that it’s “rigged” in favor of insurance companies.
As a result of thesurrounding engineering reports that were allegedly doctored to deny or reduce Sandy victims’ claims, FEMA is promising a number of reforms including greater oversight to ensure storm survivors get the help they’re due.
by Charles Lane of public radio station WSHU.