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FEMA Extends Deadline to Review Sandy Flood Claims

FEMA Extends Deadline to Review Sandy Flood Claims  (photo: Greg Thompson/USFWS, Flickr) 

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline for homeowners to challenge their Superstorm Sandy flood damage claims.
 
The 30-day extension came just before Tuesday's deadline expired and after the Housing and Urban Development Department announced it would not seek to recoup duplicate benefits already paid to homeowners, up to $20,000.
 
FEMA sent letters to 142,000 policyholders in New Jersey and New York after congressional delegations in those states responded to complaints from homeowners who said they were shortchanged by insurers under the National Flood Insurance Program.
 
FEMA says more than 20,000 homeowners have asked for reviews. The agency says 459 claims worth $7.3 million have been approved, so far.
 
Requests can be made at www.fema.gov/hurricane-sandy-nfip-claims or by phone at 866-337-4262.