Monday, January 09, 2012

New York Post story on Irene victim provides warning to homeowners about asbestos, FEMA

I wanted to pass along a link to a story on p 39 of the Jan. 5 New York Post, about the difficulties a homeowner had in a well-inland area of Rockland County NY recovering from basement flooding after Hurricane Irene in August, link here. The story is "After the Storm" by Don Kaplan. 

 In an older house, he found that he had a lot of asbestos, which made it very difficult to get repairs done properly. This could happen with a lot of homes built a number of decades ago.

It seems that homes with sump systems can just get overwhelmed by huge amounts of rain per hour.  And why keep so many valuables in the basement.

The story of the way FEMA worked is important, recalling the days I volunteered taking calls for Katrina victims in 2005 at the Red Cross in Falls Church, VA.  Most were directed to an 800 FEMA number that took 24 hours to get through. 

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