New Jersey Begins to Assess Flood Damage
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
A flood warning remains in effect for northeastern Morris County until this 3:15 this afternoon.
Meanwhile, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management is already starting to coordinate the efforts of local and regional offices around the state to do a proper assessment of the flood damage.
Officials will begin to take stock of the damage tomorrow using FEMA checklists.
"They assemble teams that will go property to property, house to house, business to business and essentially using the federal forms from FEMA, record what they observe as damage," said Major Dennis McNulty, OEM Commanding officer.
Those forms will be collected by the state office by the end of the week, McNulty said. A team there will analyze the data and decide whether Governor Chris Christie should submit a formal request for federal assistance. The analysis will take about a week to complete.
The state is still waiting for a response from Washington, D.C., about their aid request for flooding that occurred in March, McNulty said.
Meanwhile, the OEM is encouraging residents affected by the ongoing flooding to be careful as they return to their homes.
"If they expect that their residence has been structurally damaged, we want them to be very careful in returning to their buildings if they've been forced to evacuate," McNulty said.
OEM officials are telling residents to call their insurance agents to file claims if they believe their homes have been damaged. They should also take photos of any floodwater in their homes and save any damaged personal property.
Residents with unanswered questions or issues should call 2-1-1, the state’s non-emergency helpline.