FEMA has finally issued revised flood maps for the Jersey Shore receding some of the dramatic expansion of V-Zones, its time to get down to business elevating your homes with confidence.
Look up your property's Base Flood Elevation on the website, "What is my BFE".
Homeowners should be very excited about this. Potential wave action requires V-Zone houses to be set on pilings and have break away wall construction. In A-Zones however, traditional perimeter wall foundations are acceptable. While the easing of V-Zone restrictions are good in regards to the ease of construction, we dont agree with some of the new base flood elevation (BFE) heights that in many cases went back down to their pre-Sandy levels. In some cases, homes that conformed to the old flood elevation before the storm still got flooded in Sandy. We dont think this makes sense, even if you justify Superstorm Sandy as a 500-year storm - we now know that homes at these elevations can be flooded, which means there is still risk involved with restoring your house and maintaining your elevation. If you need to go through the expense of lifting your home, we think you need to go at least one foot above Sandy flood elevations regardless of what your FEMA issued BFE says.