Long Beach residents feel victimized by FEMA

LONG BEACH - Some people affected by Hurricane Sandy say they're being victimized again. Long Beach resident Vera DiBari received money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Tropical Storm Irene last year, but she just found out she's not eligible for FEMA grant money for Hurricane Sandy. FEMA claims she never responded to a letter offering her flood insurance, but DiBari says she never got a letter from FEMA to begin with. FEMA officials would not comment on her case, only saying, "If you were denied FEMA assistance, you have a right to appeal that decision." Residents say they have spent hours on hold and on long lines at FEMA sites. They say they feel victimized by the confusion and convoluted messages.

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