Point Beach FEMA Meeting Moves to Antrim

Meeting is 6 p.m. Wed.


The FEMA meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Wed. in Point Beach is now moved to

The original location had been in council chambers at Point Beach Borough Hall on New Jersey Avenue.

It's expected that FEMA officials will explain the new advisory flood maps and what they mean for residents trying to figure out if they should raise their flooded houses, by how much, what kind of flood insurance rates they will be paying and a myriad of other questions that are bogging down residents in red tape and confusion.

"They've assured me they will have accurate, concise answers," said Borough Business Administrator Christine Riehl at the last council meeting.

FEMA is hoping to have the Small Business Administration (SBA) at the meeting.

Property owners who want to see where their property is on FEMA's Advisory Base Flood Elevations Map can click here on the FEMA website.

Denise Di Stephan February 07, 2013 at 03:30 AM
Smitty, I was at the meeting where there was an overflow crowd spilling out of the auditorium at Antrim. It appeared to me and others that there were more than 500 people, to answer your "request" to do you "a favor." In the future, when asking someone to do something, please remember to say "please" and "thank you." Thank you.
re-tired February 07, 2013 at 04:33 AM
there were 450 + at the meeting fema was overwhelmed only 4 people on computers to look up and tell 200 people what zone flood they are in !
pat February 07, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Hi Denise - Did they say anything about re-zoning those newly put into the "V" zone that should not belong there - like homes on lagoons, etc?
Denise Di Stephan February 07, 2013 at 04:14 PM
I will be posting a story on meeting. But based on what I heard there and in my interviews and emails w/FEMA, FEMA may do minimal "rezoning," as you say, because they are doing a wave analysis and other work as part of process leading to issuance of "preliminary maps," i.e. revised versions of the current "advisory maps." But not a lot of "rezoning" is expected, acc. to FEMA. Residents, towns, groups can appeal AFTER the preliminary maps come out, which may happen in Aug. or Sept. However, they said appeals will not be successful unless they use compelling scientific evidence that trumps what FEMA describes as their own scientific evidence. There will be more details in my story. Also, they are urging all residents with questions to post them on www.Region2Coastal.com.
pat February 07, 2013 at 09:21 PM
It's so frustrating because it leaves you not able to make a move to rebuild properly now when you need to. You run the risk of not being in proper spec and then getting socked by the skyrocketing flood insurance bill for next year!


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