Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate on Friday said many of Hurricane Sandy’s victims do not have flood insurance.

That means there’s no coverage for water damage to their homes because homeowners’ policies exclude flood damage.

“A lot of people who flooded will not have insurance whatsoever,” Fugate said.

Fugate also said one reason President Obama acted quickly to declare disaster areas eligible for federal aid is that there’s concern about uninsured flood losses.

Eligible Sandy victims can receive grants of up to $30,000 to repair their homes.

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Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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