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NY1 Exclusive: New Yorkers Support Rebuilding Homes In Flood Zones

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Even after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on much of the city's coast, a majority of New Yorkers still say destroyed homes should be allowed to be rebuilt, according to an exclusive NY1/Marist College poll. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

The sight of destruction won't deter New Yorkers from rebuilding, according to an exclusive NY1/Marist College poll.

According to a new NY1/Marist College poll, 60 percent of New York City adults support allowing people to rebuild in flood zones. 33 percent don't think houses should be built in these areas. 8 percent are unsure.

Residents most affected by Sandy are even more likely to support rebuilding. 65 percent of those polled supported the idea.

"New Yorkers are telling decision makers and people in these most affected areas are also telling decision makers that yes, they do want to rebuild," said Lee Miringoff, a NY1/Marist College pollster.

The build-at-your-own-risk stance stops short when it comes to nursing homes. 64 percent of people polled said nursing homes should not be allowed to operate in flood zones. 31 percent said they should be allowed.

When it comes to evacuation orders, New Yorkers appeared to exercise more caution. 55 percent of people polled said the city should force people to leave before severe weather. 42 percent said it's up to the individual.

Those affected by Sandy were slightly less supportive. 52 percent agreed with mandatory evacuations. 14 percent of those affected by Sandy also said they would not evacuate.

"Clearly, there is a tough-it-out attitude prevalent among many New Yorkers that in the face of this kind of forecast, they are willing to think of ways of how to deal with it than have the city impose some mandatory evacuation," Miringoff said.

In the end, most New Yorkers said there were some lessons learned from Sandy. Nearly three in four New Yorkers are confident the city will be able to respond to future natural disasters, and two-thirds of city residents said they will be better prepared for future severe weather forecasts.

64 percent of residents believe the city will likely face another Sandy-like weather emergency in the next year.

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