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The tentacles of Hurricane Sandy's storm surge in NYC affected 302,000 housing units?and two-thirds of them were in multifamily buildings. That's problematic, because many grants meant to support storm-proofing are aimed at owners and residents of single-family houses. Plus, landlords of apartment buildings, especially ones with lower-income tenants, don't have a lot of funds (or incentives) to waterproof elevators, move utility systems to higher floors, or take other preventive measures. The upshot: it should be easier for them to prepare for future deluges. [Atlantic Cities; previously]