June 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Here is how area members of Congress voted on major issues last week: House 2014 Homeland Security budget. Voting 245-182, the House on Thursday approved a $45 billion fiscal 2014 appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security and its 230,000 employees in seven agencies. The bill (HR 2217) increases spending for border protection, customs, and immigration enforcement while sharply cutting the Transportation Security Administration and Coast Guard budgets.
April 16, 2013 |
This month, the federal government announced it would not give grants to repair homes badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy unless the owners agreed to ensure they complied with new advisory flood maps. In New Jersey, the policy will not change much because the state government already has said it would not approve rebuilding the most damaged homes unless they comply with the maps. Following is a look at what the flood maps mean to homeowners in coastal areas. Question. What are the maps?
April 3, 2013 |
Underwater doesn't even begin to get at the heart of Maurice Corkery's predicament. "This was my summer home," the Delaware County plant manager said of his little rancher on Third Street in Ocean City, N.J., flooded with its foundation cracked - totalled, really - by Sandy. "I was trying to think of a time line," he said. "It's been so long. I'm so screwed up. I haven't seen any money. Where is the money? All they do is talk about it. " His engineer has to talk to the insurance company engineer.
January 21, 2013 |
At night, back in the apartment they have had to rent while they figure out what to do with their half-wrecked home in Manahawkin, Ed and Carol Krzanowski wonder whether this is the time to leave the Shore for good. The ranch house they moved into 35 years ago, where they had planned to spend the rest of their retirement, took in two feet of salt water from nearby Manahawkin Bay during Sandy. Like tens of thousands of homeowners up and down the Jersey Shore, the Krzanowskis are struggling to navigate a maze of insurance settlements, floodplain maps, and government disaster aid to figure out whether they can afford to rebuild.
January 7, 2013 |
President Obama returned to Washington Sunday and signed the legislation authorizing $9.7 billion for flood insurance to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. Congress passed the measure Friday while Obama was vacationing with his family in Hawaii. The $9.7 billion for flood insurance is only a piece of the $60 billion sought by states hit hard by the October storm. Northeastern lawmakers, still angry that the full package was sent back to the legislative starting line earlier last week, are anticipating a much tougher fight over the remaining funds.
November 26, 2012 |
Underneath its summer rental homes and saltwater taffy stands, the Jersey Shore is, geologically speaking, a chain of barrier islands - strips of sand built up over centuries that protect the mainland from the full impact of Atlantic storms. As the islands were developed into resorts, particularly in the last 50 years, houses and roads were built atop the former dunes. Man-made seawalls were constructed to protect development. In the weeks since Sandy wreaked nearly $30 billion in damage in New Jersey, most of it on the coastline, debate has grown over whether rising sea levels and a projected worsening of storms in decades to come mean it is time to begin pulling development back from the ocean's edge.
November 1, 2012 |
Hurricane Sandy has left the region, but that is small comfort to homeowners now faced with repairing damage and paying for it. Estimates so far, including one from Eqecat Inc., an Oakland, Calif. provider of catastrophic-risk models, have placed economic losses at up to $20 billion and the top range of insurance claims at $10 billion. CoreLogic, the Irvine, Calif., real estate data provider, said Monday that 20,283 residential properties in the Atlantic City-Hammonton area, valued at $4.8 billion, faced damage from the storm surge.
October 30, 2012
By Michael P. Nairn Even as residents of Southwest Philadelphia's flood-prone Eastwick neighborhood face the consequences of another major storm, city officials are considering a zoning change that would lead to the construction of more than 700 apartments there. Bordering Darby Creek and Cobbs Creek, Eastwick is located on a floodplain, an inherently unstable and shifting landscape. Moreover, it's downstream of the Clearview and Folcroft Landfills, which are federally designated Superfund sites.
May 7, 2012 |
Once a power source vital to the region's economic growth, and once even a haven for yachts, Darby Creek remains a thoroughfare with some of the region's lushest pastoral vistas. But it also is one of the country's most flood-prone streams, a significant drain on the National Flood Insurance Program, and a national lesson in what can go wrong along a developed waterway. Worse for the thousands who live along its 26-mile course, from the border of Chester and Delaware Counties to the Delaware River, the Darby appears to be just a major rainstorm away from spilling over its banks yet again.
July 31, 2011 |
With the National Flood Insurance Program struggling to contain an $18 billion dam burst of debt, Robert J. Wiley is convinced that homeowners in the borough of Eddystone are being forced, unfairly, to stick their fingers in the hole in the dike. In August, Wiley was told that he had to buy federal flood insurance - a $600 annual premium - even though his Delaware County town had no history of flooding. Abutting the Delaware River and scored by the Ridley and Crum Creeks, Eddystone is a tiny piece of one of the most ambitious mapping projects ever undertaken in the United States.