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After Hurricane Sandy, New York plans to rebuild with ‘blue-green infrastructure’

By Colin Thorne, University of Nottingham When Hurricane Sandy struck New York in 2012, it was a brutal wake up call for the Big Apple. That call should have also been heard by the citizens of every other coastal city and those responsible for ensuring their safety – though there…

Families living in FEMA-funded housing after Hurricane Sandy must now pay rent

By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rent will be charged starting Thursday to more than 1,300 families displaced from their East Coast homes by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 and sheltered since then in apartments and bungalows largely paid for by the federal government. The families have exhausted the…

Revealed: Chris Christie officials fired controversial Hurricane Sandy contractor in December

First, the good news: The Christie administration has fired the contractor that's been bungling the distribution of federal Hurricane Sandy relief money. This Louisiana firm, called Hammerman and Gainer (HGI), got lambasted by Sandy victims at several……

To mark grim Hurricane Sandy anniversary, groups plan to light up the New Jersey shore

With thousands of residents still displaced from their homes by Hurricane Sandy, groups throughout the region are planning to bring some light to an otherwise grim anniversary. On the evening of Oct. 29, exactly one year since the powerful storm made…  …

Colorado’s House Republicans ask for flood relief after voting against Sandy aid

Four Colorado Republicans who voted against a $50 billion federal relief bill to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy have asked the president for emergency aid to help clean up their state after devastating floods. President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration Sunday to help Colorado recover from the floods that…

Statue of Liberty shakes off Sandy, reopens today

She didn’t even get her skirt wet. Yet when Hurricane Sandy caused a wall of harbor water to wash over her island home, Lady Liberty was forced to close up shop for months. She reopens to visitors today amid fanfare — visiting dignitaries, fireworks…  …

West Nile virus fears on rise after Hurricane Sandy

With mosquito season approaching, some health officials are concerned about another possible consequence of Hurricane Sandy: an elevated risk of the West Nile virus. Although they said it is too early to tell how severe the threat will be, officials said they are…  …

New York beaches re-open seven months after Hurricane Sandy

Seven months after deadly superstorm Sandy devastated the coastline of New Jersey and parts of New York, all New York City beaches opened Friday at the start of the three-day Memorial Day weekend. New York City has eight public beaches along 14 miles (23 kilometers) of coastline — Brooklyn (southeast),…

Sen. Inhofe: Aid for Oklahoma ‘totally different’ from Sandy relief requests

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) seemed to contradict his colleague Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) stance on Tuesday on federal assistance for victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado, suggesting that there will be help coming. But he also differentiated that need from his opposition to aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy. “That…

Scientists: Sandy dumped 11 billion gallons of sewage in U.S. waterways

Scientists say waste-treatment plants must follow subways and power stations in being protected against climate change Hurricane Sandy dumped about 11 billion gallons of raw and untreated sewage into waterways from Washington DC to Connecticut, the science journalism group Climate Central said on Tuesday. That’s or enough human waste to…

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