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NJ Residents Still in Limbo 6 Months After Sandy

by Veronica Volk

Veronica Volk, WFUV

Six months after Sandy, residents of Ocean County, New Jersey are still living in limbo.  Last December, FEMA introduced maps advising people to raise their homes to certain heights based on flood risk, but the maps are controversial.  Many residents with bay or lagoon front property are frustrated because these maps hold them to the same costly construction standard as ocean front homes.

Christie: NJ Adopting Feds' Advisory Flood Maps

by Associated Press

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Gov. Chris Christie says New Jersey is adopting the advisory flood maps released last month by the federal government to help guide rebuilding following Superstorm Sandy.

The maps establish new standards for rebuilding along the Jersey Shore. They show a much higher risk of flooding in some areas than the old maps did and establish tougher standards for rebuilding, including higher elevations.

Public Advocate Proposes Post-Sandy Mold Plan

by Associated Press

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New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio says more needs to be done to fight mold in homes flooded by Superstorm Sandy.

Unchecked mold is a health hazard to people with mold allergies.

De Blasio is asking for FEMA aid to fund more inspections. He's also calling on the city to set up a mold hotline and perform health monitoring.

He says thousands of moldy homes are making New Yorkers sick.

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