APRIL 29, 2015 NJ SPOTLIGHT
2-1/2 years after Superstorm Sandy, it’s far from over
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Robin Buck remembers how excited he was when he was first approved for a state grant to fix his flooded Long Branch, NJ, home.
“It’s like hitting the lottery!” he said. “I was telling everybody. It was the best thing that ever happened to me, and that’s the truth. They were going to lift my home, and they’re paying me to do so? That is great!”
After spending $43,000 on repairs to make his house livable, he signed his grant paperwork last fall, then disconnected the utilities, handed over his keys, and moved out in early November so his state-appointed contractor could raise his home to protect it from future storms. The whole process, he was told, would take less than 90 days.
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But after months of delays, he grew increasingly worried. When he finally went back to check on his house last month, his worst fears had come true. The pipes had burst, and without electricity to run the sump pump, his basement had filled with several feet of water.
Two-and-a-half years after Sandy, the storm seems like ancient history to many people who don’t live near the coast or know someone who was personally affected. But for thousands of displaced residents like Robin Buck, the recovery is still a work in progress. To date, just 10 percent of homeowners in New Jersey’s largest grant program have finished construction and moved back into their homes. They’ve faced a variety of stumbling blocks, from contractor issues to battles with their insurance companies to state delays. And many of those problems continue to this day. State officials note that the pace of recovery has quickened in recent months, but all parties agree that it still has a long way to go.
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Yeah, I know you’re all tired of hearing about how immoral, ineffective, and inefficient the Gooferment is.
But permit me another GREAT example of it.
Remember the FEMA trailers in NOLA after Katrina that all were worthless.
Here we have a similar example.
The Federal Gooferment has nationalized “flood insurance”. Hence they are in the middle of it. As if dealing with an insurance company might be hard enough, then throw in a few levels of politicians and bureaucrats and it’s a mess.
I was lucky. My house in Seaside was inches away from serious damage. I lost a hot water heaters and some electrical wiring that was missed when I had the place rewired. But, I got NOTHING for my 30 years of “flood insurance” payments because it was not my primary residence. (Talk about fraud. Why did I bother paying it?)
So, anytime anyone says how much we need Gooferment, please remember all it’s GREAT “successes”!
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