New Flood Elevations Changing the Jersey Shore

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Super Storm Flooding

There’s nothing like a home at the Jersey Shore! Unless your one of the 1,000’s of homes flooded by Super Storm Sandy. Living near water was the inherent risk of flooding. So it’s important to know your flood risk and how to take action.

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Even homes built to the newest construction standards were devastated by the storm. This home built 5 years ago was hit with a 15 foot surge that washed through the main floor of the home and destroyed the lower garage level

FEMA and New Jersey Flood Zones

FEMA flood maps have long been used to establish New Jersey flood zones for development and insurance purposes. But we are finding that these maps are not set in stone and are changing. In fact the most recent Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE) report shows the NJ Shore will be drastically changed by the new mapping.

What will the Shore Look Like?

The new ABFE’s are adding on average 4-5 feet to our flood elevations and expanding the flood zones. According to shore architect Marc Nemergut, “New construction will need to adhere to flood zone building standards which means we will be going up. Expanded homes may also need to meet the new standards. The impacts will be sweeping, construction costs will escalate and the look of the shore will change overnight.” Marc suggests that when starting a development project near flood zones that planning plays an even more pivotal role so partner with an expert.

Want to Learn More about New Jersey Flooding and your Environment?

Was your home damaged by Sandy and you want to bounce some environmental questions off an expert? GreenWorks can help! We live at the cutting edge of where your home environment collides with the natural environment. We are experts at using simple, sound science to create affordable solutions to just about any environmental issue. Give us a call or forward this piece along to one of your friends. We’ll appreciate it and so will your friends!

[box title=”This Just Out” color=”#445A08″]The NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA) just released their Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Action Plan. The document outlines disaster relief guidelines for housing and economic recovery as a primary focus with additional information. It can be viewed here: https://www.state.nj.us/dca/announcements/pdf/CDBG-DisasterRecoveryActionPlan.pdf [/box]

Pssst – Check-out this video of a storm ravage section of Normandy Beach, NJ


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Victor Coppola is a Building Biologist with decades of diverse environmental experience spanning natural resource management and contaminated sites to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and building hygiene matters. He focuses on the three most prevalent issues degrading today's built environment: Moisture Odor & Mold (M.O.M.). Mr. Coppola and his Team are sought out by individuals and professionals concerned about IAQ to those actually suffering from Biotoxin Illness. His hybrid blend of environmental interests and services enable him to give a unique perspective into today's changing environment. Think your home is killing you, better call Victor and his Team at GreenWorks.
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