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Input Your Address To Find FEMA Base Flood Elevation

FEMA releases search engine allowing residents to learn more about base flood elevation

New "Advisory Base Flood Elevations" are now posted to this interactive map from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which the agency says should provide a post-Hurricane Sandy picture of flood risk as residents rebuild.

Residents can input an address and see what the advisory base flood elevation is specific to that location, as FEMA updates its site.

The interactive map aims to equip residents "with more precise information about the flood risk they face, allowing them to make more informed decisions to reduce their personal risk to life and property," announced FEMA in a recent statement.

With a storm surge and continued flooding along waterfront areas after Hurricane Sandy, the advisory base flood elevation hopes to answer the question: "How high is high enough?" to avoid flooded homes. As many destroyed homes are rebuilt, homeowners may use the base elevation to decide the height of lifts and pillars that property should be built on to avoid flooding issues.

The Long Branch Council will have the chance to introduce its own flood damage prevention ordinance on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The ordinance, if introduced, would all require all new or rebuilt businesses or homes within the city's flood zone to be constructed two feet above the base flood elevation.

The ABFE site's information aims to prove helpful to residents, landowners and town planners as it has "information to understand where flood risk exists and to decide whether to build to higher elevations based on what has been learned from Sandy," according to FEMA.

More resources are available on FEMA's ABFE page for New Jersey and New York.

Swift Loris January 08, 2013 at 10:47 PM
The link in the first paragraph does not take you to a page where you can enter an address. It goes to a zoomable map, but it's not what's shown in the photo. Could you please provide a link to the map where you enter your address?
Christopher Sheldon January 09, 2013 at 12:37 AM
Loris, if you click the link and go to the map, look in the upper right corner and it has a field where it says "enter address or map." That should give you what you are looking for.
Swift Loris January 09, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Chris, if it did, I wouldn't have left a comment saying it didn't! There is no such field anywhere on the map at the link. In the upper right corner it says "New Map," "My Content," "Help," and "Sign In."
Christopher Sheldon January 09, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Loris, look right under those options, there is a blank field that says enter "enter address." It shows up on my computer, not sure why it is not on yours. I don't know any other place where you can input your address.

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