Hurricane Sandy

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FEMA Wants Homeowners to Repay $5.8M in Sandy Aid

Overpayments likely a result of bureaucratic mistakes, not fraud

(Newser) - After Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast nearly two years ago, the federal government quickly sent out $1.4 billion in emergency disaster aid to the hurricane's victims. Now, thousands of people might have to pay back their share. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is scrutinizing about 4,500... More »

Red Cross Calls Sandy Spending 'Trade Secret'

Won't say how it spent the $300M it raised

(Newser) - The Red Cross raised more than $300 million for Superstorm Sandy disaster relief, but it is refusing to say how it raised or spent the cash. After ProPublica filed a public records request for the information, the Red Cross hired a law firm to block the release of some documents.... More »

Hurricane Sandy Dog Home After Bizarre Reunion

Family found him at shelter when they went to adopt

(Newser) - Reckless the dog is back home with his New Jersey family more than a year after getting lost in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. But the weird part is the reunion itself. Chuck and Elicia James tell the Daily Intelligencer that they held out hope Reckless would return but finally... More »

'Reckless' Captain Sunk HMS Bounty: Report

Surviving crew members disagree with NTSB

(Newser) - The missing and presumed dead captain of the HMS Bounty takes the blame for the tall ship's sinking in a newly released National Transportation Safety Board report. The wooden replica of an 18th-century sailing ship sank 125 miles off the North Carolina coast during Hurricane Sandy, and the NTSB... More »

Paper: Christie Camp Sitting on Details of Sandy Ads

'Asbury Park Press' says names redacted in documents it requested

(Newser) - A rep for Chris Christie yesterday made it clear that the New Jersey governor has no qualms about the post-Hurricane Sandy tourism ads now in the spotlight , noting that the feds approved the campaign—which featured the Christie family in an election year and was made by a firm whose... More »

Kenyans Mutai, Jeptoo Win NYC Marathon

Geoffrey Mutai defends title from 2011 marathon

(Newser) - In a double victory for Kenya, Geoffrey Mutai has successfully defended his New York City Marathon title and Priscah Jeptoo rallied to win the women's race. Mutai set the course record the last time the NYC Marathon was held, in 2011. Today's race returned after last year's... More »

Sandy Survivors to Light Up Coast Tonight

East Coast marks 1-year anniversary of storm

(Newser) - One year later, the Jersey shore will be lit up to mark today's anniversary of Superstorm Sandy . Residents of a dozen shore cities will stand along the coast, shining flashlights, at sundown tonight. That's about the time Sandy made landfall, Reuters reports. More on the anniversary:
  • New York
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Nyad Begins 'Magical' 48-Hour Swim for Sandy

'I'm going to feel the solidarity' with swimmers including Ryan Lochte, Richard Simmons

(Newser) - The 64-year-old woman who swam from Cuba to Florida is attempting to swim in a pool in midtown Manhattan for 48 straight hours to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy. Wearing a pink swim cap, Diana Nyad dove into the 40-yard pool set up in Herald Square and began doing laps... More »

Next for Nyad: 48-Hour Swim for Sandy Relief

Mercifully, in a pool this time

(Newser) - A month after her 53-hour swim from Cuba to the US , 64-year-old Diana Nyad is ready to get her feet wet again. Up next: a 48-hour swim to raise money for Hurricane Sandy recovery. "I'm from New York City and last year I was in town right after... More »

You Can Blame Sandy for Jersey's Boardwalk Fire

Investigators think wire exposed by the storm caused blaze

(Newser) - It looks like Superstorm Sandy had one last kick to the stomach to give New Jersey. Investigators say faulty wiring probably caused last week's devastating boardwalk fire —and it was faulty because it had been exposed to salt water thanks to Sandy, reports the Star-Ledger . The conclusion is... More »

Fire Engulfs Jersey Boardwalk

8 blocks of it destroyed in Seaside Heights, Seaside Park area

(Newser) - A raging fire destroyed much of an iconic Jersey shore boardwalk that had just been rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy, but a last-ditch effort to halt its spread by ripping out boards that had yet to burn succeeded in saving the rest of it tonight. The wind-whipped fire devoured eight blocks... More »

Sandy Left NY Island 54% Less Sandy

The hurricane has left Fire Island vulnerable to future storms, finds new study

(Newser) - Miami Beach isn't the only one running low on sand —a new study has found more than half of the sand on New York's Fire Island was washed away during Hurricane Sandy, LiveScience reports. Though 18% of the barrier island's sand has been replenished, the... More »

Hurricane Task Force's Advice? Expect More Flooding

Which means focusing on preventative measures now

(Newser) - It's not exactly the words of encouragement ocean-side homeowners might have hoped for. The presidential task force charged with coming up with a strategy for rebuilding areas damaged by Superstorm Sandy today revealed 69 policy initiatives, the theme of which can be summed up thusly: Plan for things to... More »

NJ Town Wants Entire Downtown Raised 11 Feet

Army Corps of Engineers agrees to study bold, expensive flood prevention step

(Newser) - A New Jersey town is considering a drastically ambitious flood prevention step: Raising the entire downtown area by 10 or 11 feet. The heart of the ironically-named Highlands lies in a crescent-shaped depression that used to be a marsh, making it flood prone. So officials want to lift every building... More »

Superstorm's 'Strangest Story' a Tale of Wine, Ruin

WineCare's high-profile clients still don't know if their tony bottles are OK

(Newser) - The New York Times today shares what it's calling "one of the strangest stories to emerge from" Superstorm Sandy: that of WineCare, a tony Manhattan wine storage facility that has been all but mum in the eight months since it was flooded in the storm. The players in... More »

Storm's Gift: Message in Bottle From Dead Daughter

Sidonie Fery's message washes ashore 12 years later

(Newser) - At first glance, the green plastic ginger ale bottle on the beach looked just like another of the billions of pieces of debris splayed across Northeast coastlines after Superstorm Sandy. But this bottle, which would fetch a nickel at the recycling center, is worth everything to a grieving mother who... More »

Lady Liberty Reopens for 4th

Iconic statue has been closed since Hurricane Sandy

(Newser) - The Statue of Liberty finally reopened today, months after Superstorm Sandy swamped its little island in New York Harbor, as Americans across the country marked the Fourth of July with fireworks and barbecues. A large crowd gathered for the holiday and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Liberty Island with federal officials and... More »

Obama, Christie Rekindle a Political Friendship

President tours Jersey Shore

(Newser) - President Obama today reunited with one of his biggest political pals of last year as he and New Jersey's Chris Christie did a post-hurricane tour of the Jersey Shore. Obama's big quote, as per the Star-Ledger :
  • “We understand there’s still a lot of work to be
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Red Cross Sitting on a Third of Sandy Donations

$110M remains unspent

(Newser) - The Red Cross was the top recipient of donations after Superstorm Sandy, bringing in $303 million to help victims. But as of mid-April, $110 million of that remained unused, the organization says. Though the Red Cross—and some disaster relief experts—says that's a good move, allowing it to... More »

Hurricane Forecast Doesn't Look Good

70% chance that this year will be more active than average: NOAA

(Newser) - Unwelcome news on the heels of the devastation in Oklahoma: This year's hurricane season could be busier than usual. That from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which today released its annual prediction for the season, which begins June 1 and lasts six months. Federal forecasters say there's... More »

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