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By Jennifer Sciortino | December 14th, 2012 - 5:39pm
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Assembly Democrats News Release

Wagner & Eustace call on State to Update Flood Maps as FEMA Prepares to Release New Federal Maps

Bergen Lawmakers Have Been Pushing Legislation to Require More Updated Maps

(PARAMUS) - In advance of the imminent release of new Advisory Base Flood Elevation maps by FEMA, Assemblywoman Connie Wagner and Assemblyman Tim Eustace called on the state to update all Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) flood hazard area maps to better protect homes and businesses from future storms.

In mid-October, the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee released a bill (A3262) sponsored by Wagner and Eustace with bi-partisan support. The measure is designed to help protect the public from flooding and facilitate smart development by requiring the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to quickly evaluate any newly released FEMA floodway delineations in order to allow permit applicants to apply for a permit using the federal floodway delineation when it is at least as protective as the DEP’s delineation.

“As New Jersey rebuilds from the destruction of Hurricane Sandy it is absolutely necessary that we rebuild in a smarter fashion to create better protection from future storms,” said Wagner. “Unfortunately, many parts of New Jersey will continue to be without updated maps and ‘building smart’ is not an option for them due to 30 year old flood maps.”

“We have to bring the shore and other devastated regions, including Little Ferry and Moonachie, back to the level they were at prior to the storm,” said Eustace. “Residents in District 38 and residents of other heavily flooded areas deserve the protection of updated maps as well. The increasing intensity and frequency of storms are becoming a statewide problem and they deserve a statewide solution.”

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