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COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM TUESDAY TO 2 AM EDT WEDNESDAY * WHAT...Up to one foot of inundation above ground level expected in vulnerable areas near the waterfront and shoreline. * WHERE...New York (Manhattan), Bronx, Northwestern Suffolk, Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Queens and Northern Nassau Counties. * WHEN...From 9 PM Tuesday to 2 AM EDT Wednesday. * IMPACTS...Minor flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to locally 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. Some roads and low lying property including parking lots, parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the waterfront will experience shallow flooding. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...There is still uncertainty on when the peak surge arrives. This forecast is based on a worst case scenario, with a 2-3 ft surge coming in at the time of high tide Tuesday Night. If the surge peaks earlier, then water levels and inundation will be less than forecast.

Schumer: 2 Week TSA Extension Leaves Sandy Victims in the Cold

Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on FEMA to extend the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program beyond the standard two weeks.

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Senator Charles Schumer called on FEMA on Tuesday to extend the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program beyond the standard two week extension into the spring, when warmer temperatures will permit Superstorm Sandy victims to live in homes undergoing repairs. 

In his letter to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Schumer calls the TSA program a success but asks why approval periods have only been granted in approximately two-week periods.
“Given the breadth and depth of Superstorm Sandy’s damages and the amount of work disaster survivors have to complete before homes are considered safe and habitable, it simply common sense to extend TSA for a reasonable period of time longer than two weeks,” Schumer wrote.
Last week, FEMA announced that the TSA program would be extended two weeks to accommodate the needs of those displaced by Superstorm Sandy.  Eligible applicants are situated in participating hotels and motels as repairs are completed on their homes to make them livable once again.
The deadline for applications was Jan. 26, with a Feb. 10 checkout.
Schumer is concerned that displaced families will now be seeking shelter during the remainder of the cold season.  
“These families have suffered enough because of Sandy and FEMA should extend shelter assistance so that displaced families are not left in the cold while they rebuild their homes,” Schumer said. “I am relieved that FEMA extended the assistance through February 10th, however, this is just not enough. Extending the TSA program through the spring will ensure these families a warm place to stay during these cold winter months.”
There has been no word on any further extensions of the TSA program.
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