TOMS RIVER, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — More than seven months after Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of the Jersey shore, thousands of homeowners are getting some relief from crushing rebuilding and insurance costs.
As CBS 2’s Christine Sloan reported Monday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency released new flood maps. They feature updated information about the likelihood of damage from future storms.
The new maps significantly scale back the level of highest danger, the so-called “V” zones, which had caused many homeowners the greatest aggravation.
“Now that the study is completed, [it] does incorporate a more precise calculation of the wave hazards,” FEMA Region II Deputy Director Bill McDonald told WCBS 880. “We are comfortable in what we are delivering now as it is a true depiction of what those zones are and what the risk is in those areas.”
The old flood risk maps were a frustration for Margaret Moniz. Her home in Union Beach, N.J., was destroyed by Sandy.
“I had a piece of pier that came right through it,” she said. “The house is gone.”
Moniz held off on rebuilding, because the FEMA advisory maps released last year would have placed her in a high-risk flood zone.
Meanwhile, Bill Geltzeiler, owner of Beach Bistro on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright, is back in business. But he said the hefty price tag and uncertainty over rebuilding standards has delayed progress in the community.