Attention Hoboken residents and prospective buyers. FEMA has recently updated their preliminary flood maps for four counties in the New Jersey area and this includes Hudson County of which Hoboken is a part of. FEMA released this statement on June 17, 2013:
FEMA Releases Preliminary Work Maps
for Four New Jersey Counties
“The Federal Emergency Management Agency is releasing preliminary work maps for four New Jersey counties heavily impacted by Superstorm Sandy – Hudson, Monmouth, Ocean and Atlantic.
The preliminary work maps for those counties will replace the Advisory Base Flood Elevation maps because they reflect a more precise modeling analysis of current flood hazards, including wave analysis, and a more detailed study of other specific conditions that could affect flood risk.
FEMA is working closely with New Jersey’s local and state officials to provide the most accurate updated flood risk information to those individuals who need it as they make decisions about rebuilding their homes.
Revision of these maps is an ongoing process leading to the final Flood Insurance Rate Maps. The final maps will incorporate previous data and add more details about specific flood risk conditions in communities throughout the state, with a priority placed on those in coastal areas facing the highest risk.
Before Superstorm Sandy struck, FEMA was in the process of updating flood hazard maps for
the New Jersey coast.
Soon after Sandy, FEMA released Advisory Base Flood Elevations which incorporated much of
the information contained in the study already under way.
Because Sandy had reshaped the coastline, not all the earlier information was applicable. The Advisory Base Flood Elevations represented the best information available at the time, and served as a guide for those who wanted to rebuild as soon as possible.
Additional information about the coastal mapping efforts and Hurricane Sandy recovery can be found on the Region 2 Coastal Analysis Mapping website: http://www.region2coastal.com.
At one point Hoboken and surrounding areas had been categorized as having much it in a category V Flood Zone which would have substantially increased flood insurance rates. It appears that some amount of political pressure was applied to reduce the number of areas in category V flood zones including the interior of Hoboken. A quick look at the map and just about everything West of Washington Street is in a flood zone which is consistent with what happened during Hurricane Sandy. ” – End of FEMA release
The revised maps are based on a 100-year storm (i.e. a storm with a 1% chance of occurring each year), are only the latest iteration in the agency’s ongoing process of creating final Flood Insurance Rate Maps. This is something to be mindful of when purchasing a brownstone or condo in Hoboken.
Link to updated FEMA maps: http://fema.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=2f0a884bfb434d76af8c15c26541a545