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October 28, 2013

A year after Sandy, a slow recovery for thousands of people along East Coast

NEW YORK — A year after Hurricane Sandy catastrophically flooded hundreds of miles of eastern U.S. coastline, thousands of people still trying to fix their soaked and surf-battered homes are being stymied by bureaucracy, insurance disputes and uncertainty over whether they can afford to rebuild.

Billions of dollars in federal aid appropriated months ago by Congress have yet to reach homeowners who need the money to move on. Many have found flood insurance checks weren’t nearly enough to cover damage.

And worse, new federal rules mean many in high-risk flood zones may have to either jack their houses up on stilts or pilings — expensive, and sometimes impossible — or face insurance premiums of $10,000 or more per year.

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