This story is the second in a two-part series. Follow this link to the first installment, which documented how insurance firms profited after superstorm Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy was particularly devastating for people who saw their family homes — once the winds died down and the floodwaters receded — roofless, mired in muck, with their windows blown in.
More than three years and some eight billion in taxpayer dollars later, too many of them are still struggling to rebuild.
Many have been thwarted by a dizzying array of directives and programs. It’s not unknown for homeowners to deal with at least five local, state, and federal agencies.
And in many cases, as the empty, boarded-up houses can attest, the system simply isn’t working.
NPR and the PBS series “Frontline” have spent the past year investigating the business of disaster and found that millions of taxpayer dollars have gone to waste, lost to bureaucracy and red tape.