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Hudson Valley News
2:02 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Some Area House Dems Say Sequester Cuts Slice Into Sandy Aid

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President Obama signed an emergency measure at the end of January for $50.5 billion in aid for Superstorm Sandy. The federal aid for heavily-impacted Sandy communities is one of the many areas being affected by sequestration – the across-the-board federal budget cuts that began March 1.

The estimates of how much aid will be cut by sequestration range from $1 billion- to $2.5 billion dollars, and those concerned say the cuts will reduce funds to help recovery efforts in the areas of housing and transportation, as well as mitigation efforts.

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Hudson Valley News
12:32 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

FEMA Works on New Flood Maps, Insurance Rates Affected

Federal flood maps are being redrawn, and for those areas hit by Hurricane Sandy, that could mean guidance on whether to rebuild on higher ground. The new maps will also impact flood-insurance premiums.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is redrawing flood-zone maps for the New York City area. Michael Byrne is FEMA’s federal coordinating officer for New York. He says the map revisions began before Hurricane Sandy, but are of even greater concern since Sandy.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

FEMA Denies 33 Vermont Home Buyouts

Irene Flooding
Credit Spencer Ainsley / AP

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has rejected buyouts for 33 Vermont properties damaged by Tropical Storm Irene and spring flooding last year.

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Hudson Valley News
9:40 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Residents of four more Hudson Valley counties eligible for disaster aid

Four more Hudson Valley counties have been added to the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Sandy. The declaration now offers Individual Assistance to residents of Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster counties.

Rockland and Westchester counties were approved to receive the assistance days ago along with New York metropolitan area counties. Those two counties are also eligible for Public Assistance aid.

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WAMC News
5:20 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Vermont Governor Says FEMA Funding Will Remain Uncertain

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is saying it may be quite a while before the state knows how much it will get from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for repairs from Tropical Storm Irene.

Shumlin on Wednesday is outlining plans for the state to go ahead with revamping its mental health system and renovating its state agency office complex.

The effort comes in response to flooding from Tropical Storm Irene 54 weeks ago, which forced the closure of the Vermont State Hospital and the surrounding office complex in Waterbury.

Hudson Valley News
12:20 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Federal Emergency Management Agency Senior Engineer Paul Weberg

More than 1,100 homes in Dutchess County have been added to the government’s list of being at a high-risk of flooding. That could mean that the homeowners will have to pay for mandated flood insurance that can cost more than $2,000 a year. After the recent study by the federal emergency management agency of the flood risk, more than 5,200 properties in Dutchess County are now designated in the high risk category. For more on the new flood maps, WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke with Paul Weberg, senior engineer at FEMA’S New York office.

New England News
5:00 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

FEMA Said to be Backing Away from Vermont Funding Promise

Vermont officials are expressing frustration and alarm at the lack of certainty surrounding how much money the state will get from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with recovery from Tropical Storm Irene.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

City Seeks Money To Replace School Wrecked By Tornado

Modular classrooms with the tornado damaged Elias Brookings School building in the background
WAMC

Officials in Springfield Massachusetts announced Friday they intend to seek state and federal funding to build a new school to replace an aged  one that was heavily damaged by the tornado almost a year ago. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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