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Christie: NJ Adopting Feds' Advisory Flood Maps

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Governor Chris Christie says New Jersey is adopting the advisory flood maps released last month by the federal government to help guide rebuilding following Sandy.

The maps establish new standards for rebuilding along the Jersey Shore. They show a much higher risk of flooding in some areas than the old maps did and establish tougher standards for rebuilding, including higher elevations.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency expects to take 18 to 24 months to adopt the standards. Christie says it did not make sense to use old maps to guide New Jersey's rebuilding or wait for FEMA to formally adopt its standards.

The maps cover 194 municipalities in coastal areas.

Christie says those who don't rebuild according to the new flood map standards could see significantly higher insurance costs.

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Robert Spiegel from Edison NJ

All you need to do is look at the last two Hurricanes to see that toxic runoff and flooding are connected and major problems. Take a look njtoxicflood.org to see what happened in Bridgewater NJ right next to Patriot Stadium at the American Cyanamid Superfund Site where the 400 plus acres toxic flood zone was deluged with 300,000,000 gallons of contaminated water from that one site alone.

We need to take action to make our elected officials accountable and promote sensible land use.

Jan. 24 2013 06:16 PM

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