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Sandy Episode 6: New Flood Zones Aim to Keep Homes High and Dry

Jersey Shore Rebuilds

Sandy Episode 6: New Flood Zones Aim to Keep Homes High and Dry

For the victims of Hurricane Sandy, the letters A and V can be the difference between a spending hundreds of thousands of extra dollars to rebuild storm battered homes -- or not.  A and V are the names of flood zones -- mapped out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  After Hurricane Sandy struck, FEMA revised these zones, as homeowners waited, to learn how high their newly rebuilt homes would need to be.  Anxiety was high – because when it comes to raising a house, the higher it goes the more money it takes to get it there.