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Neighbors The bungalows between Brown and Batchelder streets. (Photo: Hayley Lind)

By Hayley Lind Residents of a vulnerable stretch of Sheepshead Bay devastated by Superstorm Sandy say they’re still waiting for help after more than three years of empty promises. According to the city’s Office of Housing Recovery, most Sheepshead Bay residents have received their reimbursement checks and repairs have started on more than half of…

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When Superstorm Sandy’s record-setting 13-foot surge rolled into southern Brooklyn, it overwhelmed the city’s aging sewer infrastructure. Millions of gallons of ocean water mixed underground in the city’s stormwater and sewage pipes, which are part of the same system, and burst out of the ground into streets, businesses, and homes. Thousands of houses, many of which…

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Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Thursday, the third anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, designed to regulate insurance claims related to sewer backups that occur during storms. The law requires the Department of Financial Services to examine and make recommendations for reforming “anti-concurrent causation” clauses in insurance claims, which had been used to deny coverage to homeowners whose…

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Three years ago, many residents of Sheepshead Bay and its surrounding neighborhoods awoke to find themselves living as refugees after Sandy’s floodwaters engulfed their homes. Those who made it through the gauntlet of bureaucratic red tape and rebuilt, now face a new challenge: Rising flood insurance rates. To understand how new flood maps and insurance premiums might…

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Three years after Superstorm Sandy’s flood waters swept through Sheepshead Bay, the city’s Build it Back program is reporting measurable progress in the neighborhood. More than three-quarters of Sheepshead Bay residents enrolled in the program have been helped, according to the latest figures from the Office of Housing Recovery. Out of the 364 active applications, 220 received…

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Sandy-impacted homeowners are encouraged to apply for a $20,000 repair grant being awarded by the Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush (NHSEF), Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz announced Wednesday. Fifty Brooklyn homeowners will be selected for the award through a lottery. To be eligible, applications must be submitted by mail or in person at the NHSEF office, at…

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