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FEMA Changes Flood Zone Classifications for 50 Brick Properties

Highest risk zones come with high flood insurance costs, regulations

Flooding in Shore Acres, Brick, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Flooding in Shore Acres, Brick, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has removed over 50 structures across Brick Township from the high-risk V-zone designation on their preliminary work maps.

The maps are utilized by the National Flood Insurance Program to determine flood insurance rates; structures in a "V," or "velocity," zone must adhere to not only elevation standards but also costly structural requirements such as a piling foundation.

Mayor John Ducey said the township was successful on many of the appeals that it filed and received a technical response from FEMA with details about opportunities to appeal further. The township is currently reviewing other areas and properties to determine if additional changes to flood classifications can be made.

Ducey credited the township's engineering department and flood plain manager and their "aggressive approach" toward getting improperly classified properties out of the highest-risk zones.

“We will continue to work with our state and federal officials to minimize the impact that changes to these maps and the corresponding flood insurance rates will have on our residents,” said Ducey, in a statement.

The Preliminary Work Maps, with the aforementioned changes, will be available next week for review at www.region2coastal.com. Visitors can scroll over ‘coastal flood study’ and click on ‘what is my BFE’ for more information.
FIMF the ll April 01, 2014 at 10:51 PM
Carol,, you have v, a and x boundaries on you property?
carol jones April 02, 2014 at 12:29 AM
when i lookit's a shadedx, 2% and ae9 and lower bulkhead is v the house is mostly shaded x with a tough of 25 and a corner of ae9
FIMF the ll April 02, 2014 at 06:50 AM
Carol, it sounds like you're looking at your map panel. The 2% that your seeing designate the likelihood of flooding in a 500 year event. To determine what zone property and house are in, go to Google or or Bing or whatever you use and search this: [What is My BFE? Address Lookup Tool - FEMA Region II Coastal ... www.region2coastal.com/sandy/table What is My Base Flood Elevation (BFE)? ... The 'What is my BFE' tool will return 'N /A' results in 2 situations: 1) in cases where ABFE, preliminary work map or ...] Scroll down and you'll see a satellite image with search boxes above. Put in your street address and zip code and tap or click 'get details'. The imaging will zoom in on your property like Google Earth does and the information (data) you seek will be provided in the boxes beneath the image. Where the caption says 'UpdatedFood Hazard Data' you'll see blue shaded questions that say: ' What is my property's base flood elevation? What is my zone?' The data supplied here is the proposed elevations on the LATEST maps and what will effect flood insurance rates and ultimately the marketability of your home, when the new maps become EFFECTIVE in 12 to 18 months. In a seperate box below that captioned' Effective Flood Data'. In that area shaded in blue you will see the question : 'What is my Current Base Flood Elevation?' The data supplied there is what your property is designated TODAY and what dictates current flood insurance rates, if you have such a thing.

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