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Long Branch May Require Flood Zone Homes to be Rebuilt 2 Feet Higher

Public hearing set for next council meeting

The Long Branch Council introduced an ordinance on Tuesday night that would require new homes and homes rebuilt after being damaged by Hurricane Sandy in the city's flood zone to be built 2 feet above the base flood elevation.

The city needs to review and adopt FEMA's recently released Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE) maps and incorporate them into the ordinance to get mitigation funds from FEMA.

To view the new ABFE maps, click here.

The ABFE shows that Long Branch's flood zone has increased and insurance for homes located in these areas is expected to increase. However, raising a home will help lower the cost of obtaining flood insurance, officials have said.

Long Branch Code Enforcement Officer Kevin Hayes said it would cost a homeowner whose home is 4 feet below the base flood elevation $9,500 per year for flood insurance after new costs come out next year. A homeowner whose house is at base flood elevation would have to pay $1,410 a year for flood insurance and a person whose home is 3 feet above the flood plain would pay $427 per year.

Hayes said when it comes to raising your house to the new flood elevation levels, homeowners with flood insurance can apply for Increased Cost of Compliance funding, which can provide up to $30,000. Homeowners who suffered flooding from Sandy and don’t have flood insurance aren’t eligible.

The council will hold a public hearing on the ordinance during its Jan. 22 meeting before voting on whether to adopt it.

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Sal January 29, 2013 at 01:18 AM
ALTHOUGH THIS PROPOSAL IS WELL INTENDED, MANY PEOPLE CANNOT AFFORD TO RAISE THEIR HOMES. The $30,000 of Cost of Compliaance and Mitigation funding is only available if the home has flooded before within the past 10 years and damages were caused previously. Please visit the FEMA web site and Read very carefully, before you start counting your chickens before they hatch..
Joseph March 26, 2013 at 05:54 AM
Two Feet is not enough!!!

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