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Appeal filed for federal government to release addresses of vulnerable coastal homes

Saco, Maine, April 20, 2007 -- A home that succumbed to storm surge following the Patriots' Day Nor'easter. (FEMA/Marty Bahamonde- Wikimedia Commons)

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting earlier this year spent two months piecing together the story of a Scituate, Mass. house that collected taxpayer-financed flood claims at least nine times in the past 35 years. Its owner was in the process of applying for her second taxpayer-funded grant in a decade to elevate the $1.2 million home. But we don’t know if she got it. Continue Reading →

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Planner’s job eliminated for often flooded Conn. city

Despite having some of the largest number of properties in New England repeatedly damaged by the sea, officials in Milford, Connecticut voted earlier this week to eliminate the position that helps oversee the community’s vulnerable flood zone. The Board of Aldermen made a final decision to cut the assistant city planner's job that watches over development and helps guide residents through the confusing world of flood insurance and disaster relief. Pleas from residents and other town officials to keep the position failed. There are 4,000 structures in the community's flood plain – 900 of them were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. I recently wrote a story about how Milford has one of the largest number of homes in New England that get flooded repeatedly by coastal storms, and the community's initial decision to eliminate the position. Continue Reading →

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