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  1. I live on the hill with the twin lights as my back yard. If the water reached this height we would all be moving on. The fact that recovery and redevelopment are stalled due to the continuous need for anyone and everyone involved to not be held responsible for anything is bull, all to familiar bull, but bull none the less. Redevelopment is going to go fowrad whether FEMA gets it act in order, or the state,county and most especially the town. The town level is where the guidance, protection and concierge services need to be centered. It is the towns and their citizens who are going to have to live with the outcome, whether the Feds STATE AND LOCALS DECIDE. Better jump in now and have the local assume some control and command.

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  2. We want to get my dudes working in April because it will take a couple of months and we want some semblance of a summer… Also, we want it finished before the NEXT ridiculous storm hits this fall… I have to find out if the height requirement is going to slow us down. Damn red tape!

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  3. I wish I had the ~$100K or so that it will probably cost, but I don’t. So I’m pretty much held hostage by the FEMA grant process. But I’d also prefer not to overbuild too much (in terms of the masonry required for the V zone), so I’m hoping that downtown ends up being back to the AE that it was before. There will be elevation, that’s pretty certain (annoying, and not really necessary right now, IMHO), and if I’m going to do it, I’ll probably err on the side of going up (a little) too high. Plus, off-street parking!

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    • The thing is If you are a V zone you must elevate on pilings which is more costly than an A zone where you can have a continuous but open foundation at least that is my understanding. So not only height would be lower but cost.

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    • Not sure who you are asking as I think your question may be to Carolyn but for me after they depreciate everything not enough after repairing damage inside & outside house, fencing, contents etc and to lift home, build new stairs, raise utilities etc even with ICC funds.

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    • Total disclosure, we got $65k from flood insurance. It was enough to fix the house and replace most of what we lost. The thing is we fronted the money and didn’t wait for check…that took months to get the cash out of them& the mortgage co. I have no idea was its going to cost to lift, my dude is giving us the estimate next week sometime. I will share that once he tells us.

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  4. BTW that is why I will wait until they correct maps. As we are no way no how in a High Velocity(Wave impact zone) is Seabright is A(flood hazard) zone.

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    • Yes sorry its impossible for Highlands to be a bigger risk.. I meant “AS” Seabright is A zone. I really don’t get it? Didn’t Richard Stockton argue that for our town? I can’t find post but remember seeing it. For life of me don’t get why mayor and town’s engineers are arguing the obvious. Rivers do not have 3 ft waves…we had a surge which is completely different. Seabright had both Surge and waves and so sad to drive through and see the destruction. But at least they have officials who have their back.

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    • Yeah, well, I’m no engineer, but by the Mayor’s admission we flood from the “inside out” through the sewers.. How the hell are we getting 3 ft waves coming from the sewers?? -_-

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    • Yet he makes statements like “What if their right” just so annoying. Maybe he thinks Fema means 3 Ft waves coming out of sewers:)

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  5. The pre sandy flooding issues in Highlands may explain the post Sandy vacuum of what to do. Decades of studies, years of debate, how much has improper maintenance procedures been to blame and how much has the changing geography from Monmouth Hills been to blame. All of these questions go unanswered and then along comes Sandy. It should not be a mystery that after the immediate well done response of cleaning up the debris we now find ourselves stuck in a quagmire of finger pointing and we can’t do anything without state or federal orders or assistance talking points.
    The issues facing the town have always been there, they will be there after FEMA, the State and County governments have left, what and who will be left should be identified, facilitated and protected by local government. Now is the time to demand our elected officials step up and take the lead in the next immediate and long term steps and actions to be taken, not business as usual and present us with foregone conclusions we have to live with delivered under the guise of what could we do its the way things work. We all know that things work differently for those who work fir themselves rather than wait for the mail to come or not to tell us what to do.

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    • I’ve always found its easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission. I’d rather bulldoze through something than have everything fall apart because of inaction. As far as our flooding goes, doesn’t take a genius to figure out water running down the highest point on the eastern seaboard + sea surge coming through sewers + sea surge coming over the land + below sea level residential streets = flooding.

      The argument shouldn’t be sea walls vs back filling, it should be we need to attack all 4 points which one do we do first.

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    • It also should not be left to one source as to what we should do first, last or in between.. The dependence on the Army Corp and one town hired engineering firm has proven to be a problem in the past and needs to be looked at before we continue down the same path. We are in a position and at such an important juncture that all options need to be looked at. The Dutch have a lot to be learned from in how to reclaim land for people and nature.

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    • I don’t know about you guys but I was zoned VE12 before and now am V14, so there was never an A for me. I do get the argument tho, no way Seabright should be an A

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  6. Interesting release from the NJ DEP.

    http://www.nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2013/13_0026.htm

    I’m not sure how to interpret most of this, but I like this part: “The Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Program will provide eligible homeowners up to $150,000 for reconstruction, rehabilitation, elevation and/or mitigation of damaged homes.” Assuming that I fall into whatever eligible might be.

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    • Just had a half hour conversation with my Allstate rep and his secretary (they live in Middletown). They said its best not to raise until the end of the summer when the maps are finalized because you are at risk of under/over raising. When I asked about the next storm they said insurance will pay out again. ALSO huge point here… Even they don’t know how much ins will go up but the amount will be amortized over the 4 years we have to raise. So a $1000 increase would be $250 per year. Knowledge is power peeps. They even voiced frustration over the lack of info available.

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