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It’s Official: New Jersey Adopts Federal Flood Map Rules

By: Spencer Platt
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New Jersey has now formally adopted controversial flood elevation standards, according to nj.com.

FEMA has provided rules on how high residents in flood zones must raise their homes to be able to maintain affordable flood insurance.

Many storm victims are saying the maps are flawed but Governor Christie says, “I hope in a few months that they will be revised and sent back out and then they’re going to be revised again after that.”

In a nutshell:

Elevations increased by two to four feet on average in the new maps and thousands of homeowners were drawn into new flood zones. Homes in “A” zones are susceptible to coastal flooding. Homes in “V” zones are subject to flooding and high-velocity waves and so they are required to be built on pilings.

Do these rules affect you or someone you know personally? How do you feel about the new maps/rules?

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