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Toms River Disputing FEMA Guidelines For Home Building

In the wake of Sandy, the Advisory Base Flood Elevations are a bit too "conservative," officials say

Toms River officials are disputing new Federal Emergency Management Agency flood maps that could require homes to be built at certain heights.

On its website, Toms River officials say they believe there may be some "errors" on the FEMA maps for parts of Toms River.

Officials said the township's findings were based on a preliminary analysis from our Toms River engineers.

"We will be seeking clarification from FEMA on those issues, as we believe the maps are overly conservative regarding the height that homes would need to be built," officials said on the website.

In the interim, residents need to be aware that these base flood elevation plans from FEMA are "advisory," officials said.

"However, in a few months, the maps may end up being permanent, so plan accordingly," the website says. "Please consult with your engineer or architect."

FEMA Flood Maps are located at: http://184.72.33.183/Public/NJ/Index_Sandy_Central_Region.pdf. FEMA Flood Map (Toms River Barrier Island specific): http://184.72.33.183/Public/NJ/Ocean/pdf/Seaside_Park_NW.pdf

New maps have been released by FEMA recommending residents in flood zones in 10 counties and 194 communities throughout the state consider raising their homes anywhere between one and five feet on average, FEMA officials said.

The maps, part of the agency’s Advisory Base Flood Elevations, are being published online morning and will likely be used by communities to help establish standards during the rebuilding process following the destruction of Hurricane Sandy.

Although the data used in the storm does not include any relating to Sandy, officials say it best represents the type of flood protection needed during similar storms that have a one percent chance of occurring each year.

On our own December 29, 2012 at 03:35 PM
You would be lucky to have a $7000. premium! The bldg dept has spec sheets on insurance cost depending on BFE and where you are. If you are below the BFE, they speculate $31,000. a year!!! And unbelievably enough, our township engineer is lobbying to raise the BFE at certain places in Ortley!!! This is out of his wheelhouse, stick to designing parking spots... He alone could potentially kill Ortley Beach! See his letter , especially his comments on map B1, Find it on TR website, or I will forward it to all concerned.
On our own December 29, 2012 at 03:36 PM
YES!!! Township engineer is advocating changing some areas from AE to V!
On our own December 29, 2012 at 03:42 PM
This change, legally, is not to be based on a one time occurrance. I am on a beach block and in 15 years, I have never even seen water in my crawl space or street. Can the same be said for bayside properties? Lets not point fingers at each other, but be united against exorbitant sweeping changes that will adversely affect all
Gabe December 29, 2012 at 10:42 PM
In response to the Wookfish below....the Dutch have done it for 1000yrs. and have a more productive economy than ours. It is being done in other parts of the world such as Venice at a cost of 6billion. As a Wookfish you are more concerned with sport fishing than people and believe we are technologically incapable. The ocean did not breach in Seaside Park where they have dunes. Here are the shovel ready jobs instead of endless highway construction and wasteful spending we have seen in the past years.
BIG DADDY January 05, 2013 at 02:48 PM
FEMA = "F" Every Middleclass American

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