I am happy to hear that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will direct the state to cover the superstorm Sandy claims rejected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency under the "earth movement" exemption ["State to pay claims that FEMA rejected, News, Sept. 28].
I would like to ask the governor if he can also cover those of us who were rejected for coverage of personal items in our basements and garages. My under-house garage and basement took the brunt of the storm. It was filled with 47 inches of water. Clothing, tools and other personal items were ruined in what I call my basement soup.
FEMA joyously declined to cover all of this "personal content" in what was the only storage space for our home. So, I ask the governor, please also cover our rejected FEMA claim.
Claude Albertario, Oceanside
Communities along the Great South Bay can be made flood-proof. Ask the Dutch, who have much tougher flood challenges.
The waste of billions of dollars raising every house and structure -- and they will still be in the flood zone -- is the work of lobbyists and opportunists ["South Shore is on the rise with surge in construction nearly a year later," News, Sept. 22]. Their propaganda is overwhelming.
Alternatives should be looked into. Closing the inlets with flood locks before storms would help tremendously. Instead, the Army Corps of Engineers, guided by environmentalists, are dredging the inlets without flood countermeasures, making the flood danger worse.
I am a Sandy victim but have moved.
Nils Sorensen, Amityville