Just short of 8 months after “Superstorm” Sandy hit New Jersey and the surrounding Northeast, FEMA has released their updated flood maps for Monmouth County, Atlantic County, Ocean County, and Hudson County. This long awaited flood map update has major impact on many homeowners living in Monmouth County, among others. Here’s why.
Late last year, FEMA provided “advisory maps” to aid shore residents in impacted areas understand the likelihood their home would now fall into a “V-zone”. Thees “V-zones” were areas that based on their geography and impact from Sandy, would be most susceptible to major waves and storm surge. The advisory maps increased the number of homes in “V zones” from 400 to 4,000, leaving thousands of homeowners confused and potentially unable to rebuild as they would now be mandated to elevate their home and place it on pilings.
With the newly updated maps almost 3,000 of those homes were placed back in lower risk “A zones”, freeing them from the need to raise their homes. Had this information been provided months ago, many homeowners would be back in their homes already and “moving forward”. However, good news is good news, and better late then never!
Enter your address to see where you lie in relation to the newly updated FEMA Flood Map.
Not sure you want to chance it? Look inland…Here’s my Monmouth County Buyer’s Guide to help you decide on where to move.