More Time For Sandy Insurance Appeals
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
October 2, 2013
Homeowners who suffered Sandy damage are getting another six months to file the paperwork to challenge flood insurance payouts.
FEMA is allowing more time for appeals in response to a letter from members of Congress in New Jersey and New York .
George Kasimos is the founder of Stop FEMA Now, a group that’s pushing for changes in flood insurance. He says the extension will allow Sandy victims to negotiate for a better payout.
“If we don’t have proper claim money from the insurance companies, then we can’t rebuild. We’re just asking for what we paid for. We paid for flood insurance. We got flooded. We would like to be reimbursed properly.”
Kasimos says some Sandy victims frustrated with delays are taking legal action to get the money they think they deserve.
“There are homes that have been wiped off their foundation, and they’re giving them 40-to-50 thousand dollars for a two-thousand-square-foot home. You don’t have to be an engineer or a builder to understand this is not enough money to help those folks rebuild.”