New FEMA Maps for Highlands


Here are some interactive maps from FEMA that I found that outline where the damaged homes were in Highlands, where structured need to change in the first floor of structures and what parts of Highlands are V zone vs A Zone.  The last picture is the from the Rutgers study that shows where the flooding in Highlands is.

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sea levels in Highlands 3ft

Highlands building damage

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  1. Maps make no sense as areas in Seabright that had worse damage than Highlands are “A” zones? Some of our flooding could have been mitigated by town if they kept their promises and actually hired an engineering firm not on the take. I really hope they take a look as Governor said and lower heights in Highlands as I do believe it’s overkill as we flood not from wave action but poor infrastructure and planning. It’s just so ignorant to continually ignore the obvious.

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  2. Oh…so the houses that lived closest to the water were the ones that received the most damage????

    Thanks FEMA for explaining it to me.

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    • Actually that is not true. We are very close to the water and we’ve never flooded. Our elevation is 3 feet higher than Bay Ave so those homes on Miller that are closer to Bay Ave got double the water we did (27 inches inside) from Sandy.

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    • Yes …first time in 40 years EVER flooded and 5 ft up surrounded by water. I find these maps confusing.First floor elevation lower closer to water then on Bay avenue which kinda says a lot about the velocity theory unless not getting maps?

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    • Oh please…I’m so tired of hearing that argument! If you can look out your front door and you ain’t up on like Portland Road or Mt. Mitchell…guesss what? There’s a chance you’re getting water in your house! I should have known better when I bought my house, but the fact that the block next to my house is a marina made it not exactly a “shock” to discover that I lived in a flood zone!

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    • Dude not argument just facts. Of course if you live by water chance of flood that why you have flood insurance it about maps not really making sense. If you bought by Capitan Coves that’s the worst cause that guy could care less about people’s property. How many storms have you been through with or without water in house? Not surprise Sandy did it but Sandy not normal storm. Looks by maps Bay Avenue needs to have higher floor elevation so point is not all wave damage. Flooding obviously from various issues.

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    • The first which is FEMA map shows (and not positive on how they determine this) how much higher at a minimum they want the first floor elevations, and there is an area on Bay Ave that is seemingly the lowest area. The second shows V vs A zone areas, which is nonsensical because if the middle part of the town is the most problematic, it *can’t* be from wave action. The satellite map with the blue is the Rutgers model that shows where flooding would occur at 3ft, and the last is the significantly damaged & destroyed from Sandy, which the patterns actually mirror the Rutgers model.

      Capt’s Cove area is extremely problematic, and needs to be addressed as well as Bay from Shrewsbury to Atlantic.

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    • I’ve owned the house for 4 years…you do the math…nothing got in my house for Irene, but I can barely walk to my car when there’s high tide! The guy that owns Captains Cove is more concerned with dog poop than fixing the damage from Irene. Of course, I had flood insurance (I also have a mortgage that require it), but it surprises me how many people in Highlands don’t….and they all try to use that argument, “Well, I bought this house from grandfather for a $1 and it never flooded in 100 years!”

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    • Yes and the closer you live to a bar, the more drunks you’ll have in front of your house at 2:00AM!

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    • Far less likely at these two establishments that you and another refered to in another post than the American Legion and the VFW. I know this will probably be flamed as it is not PC regarding places that refer to veterans but it is 100% correct.

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    • The Claddah is just a terrible place. I can deal with the driftwood becuase its kinda tucked away in a strip mall. But you come down linden ave down waterwitch make a right on our main drag and BAM. Scum bag bar. Gives the town a bad name. We should have something cool and a little more hip and up to date there… Ifr that place was destroyed would of been the only thing good sandy did on teh east coast

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  3. Mr. Bill, please get back on subject, how any why of flooding, and what can be done. It does seem obvious that either the natural flow of water either takes a special route within Highlands or we have a drainage problem, possibly both. Understanding this should be a requirement for any rebuilding, FEMA or town approved. We need to have a Mayor’s meeting turned over to outside, non involved group, possibly NOAA, to explain the problems plainly and directly.

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    • Okay…I don’t know how to solve it, but…I think I can explain it to you…water seeks its own levels….if you get a lot of rain, especially during a high tide…the water has no where to go but up on the land. Is that clear enough?

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    • Exactly. While the solution may not help during the height of a giant storm, A better drainage/pumping system in place would help with lingering waters afterward, minor flooding from average storms/high tides/heavy rains. It has never been a priority for the powers that be because it is expensive, you cannot see it, it isn’t sexy and doesn’t bring people into town for the day. But it may bring in more businesses down the road. Its like paying for a hot water heater, nobody wants to do it until it is too late, they would rather spend the money on painting the front porch.

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    • Yes and now is the time it should be addressed since there are Federal/State funds probably coming into play. If this opportunity is squandered would just be criminal.

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  4. Its a shame we cant capitalize on Sandy Hook being so close to turn us into a baby Pt Pleasant. Now would be the time to do so.

    Think about it. How great is Clam Fest? It pumps people into our town from all over. Why couldnt we build a small board walk? Now would be the time to do so…

    Why hasnt anyone thought of this before. The potential is there to make us more tourist friendly. If we were ever gonna do it. Do It Now.

    Think On it…

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