The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to a 30-day extension for policyholders who filed a flood insurance claim after superstorm Sandy but didn't get the payout they were expecting.

The 11th hour reprieve was announced by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez's office, which also referenced a related policy change by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The HUD declaration has major implications for New Jerseyans who are rebuilding with the assistance of federal disaster funds.

"I promised to hold FEMA’s feet to the fire and ensure the process was fair and not a repeat of the first attempt," Menendez said in a statement. "This 30-day extension will help keep that promise and give Sandy survivors the time they need to understand the rules, opt-in and have their claim reviewed."

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