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September deadline for reviewing Hurricane Sandy claims

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Aug 15, 2015 6:00 AM
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FILE PHOTO: Volunteer A.J. Firestone, 21, of Pennsylvania, helps clear out a basement in the New Dorp Beach neighborhood devastated by Superstorm Sandy, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in the Staten Island borough of New York. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo)

(Harrisburg) -- The federal government has set a September 15th deadline for people who would like their claims from Hurricane Sandy reviewed.

The National Flood Insurance Program received nearly 200 Pennsylvanian claims related to the October 2012 storm.

But many consumers are concerned they didn't receive what they were entitled to under their policies.

Ron Ruman of the state Insurance Department says the Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving them a chance to have their claims reviewed.

"To be eligible to have  this additional review, policyholders must request this review by September 15th of this year, so the deadline is approaching," he says.

Ruman adds people eligible for a review must have filed a claim between October 27th and November 6th, 2012, due to flood damage resulting from Hurricane Sandy.

"The policyholder will get a call from a caseworker from the federal government to help guide them through the appeals process," he says. "Even after that, if the review's done, the consumer is still not happy with the payment they have, then they can seek the review of a neutral third party."

The entire process is expected to take up to 90 days.

Details are available at 1-866-377-4262 or at fema.gov/sandyclaims.

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