TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have agreed to let Superstorm Sandy victims who think their insurance claims were not fairly paid out to undergo a review.
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A spokesman for FEMA says the agency is setting up a process for survivors to have claims reviewed. Every claim will not be automatically reviewed, as reported earlier.
“I’m not going to sit here and conceal the fact that it happened because in the last three weeks I’ve seen evidence of it,” Kieserman said.
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Bob Kaible, of Long Beach, Long Island, believes he may be a victim.
The city condemned his home after the storm. Kaible thought he’d be OK because he had flood insurance, but he told “60 Minutes,” “I get the engineering report that there’s no structural damage to the house. I’m like, ‘What do you mean no structural damage?’”
Kaible claims the original engineer’s report was altered by his insurance company.
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FEMA also asked engineering and insurance firms to give survivors access to their engineering reports.
A Sandy task force is being formed to evaluate the nation’s flood insurance program.