In order to better protect lives and property following Superstorm Sandy, the State of New Jersey has adopted emergency amendments to New Jersey’s Flood Hazard Area Control Act that establishes minimum elevation standards (as determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency) for the reconstruction of houses and buildings in areas that are in danger of flooding. The link below provides a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding these elevation standards.
In response to homeowners’ inquiries, the Division of Land Use Regulation has available information on post-storm recovery and reconstruction activities providing guidance on what is/is not regulated, and what necessary permits may be required during the process.
An online database has been created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that provides safety guidelines and tips for residents who are returning to their damaged homes.
Flood risk information for homeowners and businesses can be found at FEMA’s Region II Coastal Analysis and Mapping website.
Additional rebuilding information can be found at the New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection’s Sandy Recovery website.
Affected residents whose homes and businesses were damaged by flooding during Sandy, and who may be required to meet certain building requirements before repair or rebuilding, may be able to file a claim for Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).