The United States Army Corps of Engineers has earmarked $500 million to lift 4,500 homes five to 10 feet to weather future storms.
Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray said residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed can make improvements to protect against another major storm.
Gov. Chris Christie announced federal grant money has been made available for about 2,700 homeowners. Each homeowner will receive up to $30,000 in federal grant money to help them elevate their homes.