Contact Us
Make My Homepage

NJ Adopting Flood Maps for Sandy Rebuilding [VIDEO]

New Jersey is adopting advisory flood maps released last month by the federal government to guide rebuilding following Superstorm Sandy, putting into effect tougher standards for reconstruction that will in some cases force homeowners and businesses to relocate or build at higher elevations, Gov. Chris Christie announced Thursday.

Governor Christie announces new flood maps
Governor Christie announces new flood maps in Seaside Heights (YouTube)

New Jerseyans in flood zones who choose not to follow the new guidelines risk having to pay greatly higher insurance premiums, the governor warned, partly as a result of federal reforms intended to make rates better reflect risk.

At the same time, Christie said he believes there are “very few places” where New Jerseyans won’t be able to rebuild.

The advisory maps show the risk of flooding is much greater than was projected when the current maps come out in the 1980s. They also expand the area where forceful waves are considered a risk.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency expects to take 18 to 24 months to make official its new maps, which are used to set insurance premiums.

Christie said it didn’t make sense to use old maps to guide New Jersey’s rebuilding or wait for FEMA to formally adopt its new guidelines.

“It is absolutely critical that we take this opportunity to rebuild New Jersey smarter and stronger in the aftermath of Sandy,” Christie said.

Sandy left New Jersey with an estimated $37 billion in damages and mitigation costs.

By adopting the advisory maps immediately as the state standard, the state will ensure that coastal communities are rebuilt using the best elevation guidelines possible and that homes and businesses are more resilient in future storms, the governor said.

Property owners who rebuild according to the new state guidelines will not have to apply for individual flood hazard permits, saving them at least $500 in permit fees plus the design and engineering costs associated with the applications, Christie said.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

Best of the Web


Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!