FEMA offered Ocean County municipalities the option to adopt preliminary flood maps now or wait for a draft of the FIRM Maps in 2022.
George Kasimos spoke to Mayor “Mo” Hill for a comment on the preliminary map adoption which would have added over 600 homes into the flood zone.
Mayor Hill stated Toms River will not be adopting the 2015 Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map for Ocean County.
Toms River will be waiting for the NYC Flood Map appeal to be completed and a draft of FIRM Maps to see how it will affect the residents of Toms River. Appropriate action will be taken afterwards.
Mayor Hill, who attended the Army Corp of Engineers Mitigation Meeting last year, stated he expected flood premiums to be lowered once the protection of the Dune System is take into account with the draft of the FIRM Maps.
Note: Toms River was the most severely impacted city in NJ with 2.4 Billion dollars in lost ratables as a result of Superstorm SANDY.