Updated building elevation advisory maps on FEMA website Saturday

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will have available on its web site Saturday updated maps with recommendations on building elevations that residents can use in their efforts to rebuild after super storm Sandy.

The maps, which will involve the 10 N.J. coastal counties, are advisories, FEMA officials said, but can be used as businesses and residents rebuild.

The site is region2coastal.com, and then users are to click on the Sandy tab to gain access to the maps.

FEMA officials said today that people who go to the maps should expect to see advisories that rebuilding should be anywhere from 1 to 5 feet higher than current flood insurance rate maps show.

These FEMA advisory maps have not been updated in more than 20 years, according to FEMA officials and Marc Ferzan, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Recovery and Rebuilding.

The new maps were not produced as a result of Sandy, but had been in the works before that.

“This will enable New Jersey to focus on smart rebuilding,’’ said Ferzan.  According to Ferzan and FEMA, the maps will encompass 194 communities and 1,800 miles of coastal tidal zones in the counties of Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union.

“These advisory base flood elevations are being put out to help individuals make decisions,” said Ryan Pietramali, Risk Analysis Branch chief with FEMA. “It’s important as we move forward that people know their risk.”

FEMA officials said that going forward people will be paying more for flood insurance; the advisories will be a useful tool for people and towns to turn to as they rebuild.

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Updated building elevation advisory maps on FEMA website Saturday