I just received a press release from Barbara Lynch, the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) Region II External Affairs Specialist.
I’m interested to see how this process is going to pan out in the Bayshore. My guess is that the fun will really kick off this Friday during the FEMA Open House.
FEMA, External Affairs
N.J. Department of Environmental Protection
FLOOD MAP APPEAL PERIOD OPENS JUNE 11
Officials and residents have 90 Days to submit applications; process to be detailed at June 13 open house
NEW YORK – June 9 – Monmouth County residents and local community officials who want to challenge the new flood zone designation will have 90 days from June 11 to submit their appeals, state and federal officials announced Friday.
Details about the risk for flooding as reflected on the new digital flood maps, the map appeal process, the flood insurance program and other information will be provided at the countywide Open House to be held June 13 at the Bayshore Senior Center in Keansburg, officials said. National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and Map Modernization information is also available at the FEMA Web site, http://www.fema.gov.
“The fundamental purpose of these preliminary maps is to identify properties that are at risk for flooding,” said Michael J. Dabney, Division Director for Mitigation for FEMA, Region II, which includes New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. “If residents can provide technical documentation that their home has a specific elevation or surrounding topography that mitigates that risk, we want to know.”
To appeal the new, preliminary digital maps, local officials and residents must submit technical or scientific data pertaining to the proposed Base Flood Elevations. A Base Flood Elevation (BFE) is the projected level water is anticipated to rise in a flood that has a one percent chance of happening in any given year.
“Community feedback is part of the process,” Dabney said. “We welcome hard data that will help us revise or amend the maps so they more accurately reflect the ‘facts on the ground.’ “
Individual homeowners who think there may be a problem with the Base Flood Elevation as shown on the new map should contact local officials who may have technical data that could assist them with this process. Factors that could be considered in an appeal include such things as storm water management systems, drainage systems, culverts or hydraulic analysis.
The new digital flood maps are the result of a 2003 Congressional mandate known as “Map Modernization,” which will ultimately update the nation’s flood maps for 92 percent of the country’s population.
FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, responding to and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man made, including acts of terrorism.