Flooding: New Jersey's #1 Natural Hazard

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August 4, 2004
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Dates with Flooding

1 year ago?

  • Hurricane Isabel, Sept. 2003

5 years ago?

  • Hurricane Floyd, Sept. 1999

25 years ago?

  • Hurricane David, Aug. - Sept. 1979

50 years ago?

  • Hurricane Carol, Aug. 1954
  • Hurricane Edna, Sept. 1954
  • Hurricane Hazel, Oct. 1954

Between 1994 and 2003:

New Jersey residents filed more than 19,000 flood insurance claims.

New Jersey residents received more than $238 million in flood insurance payments.

(Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency)

Flooding in New Jersey
Hurricanes and tropical storms cause floods that create far more damage than high winds. Nor'easters, or extratropical cyclones, also cause flooding and storm surge. Overburdened drainage systems lead to property damage well outside flood plains.

  • August 21, 1997 - Atlantic City received 13 inches of rain in one day.
  • August 11 - 14, 2000 - Northwest N.J. received 14 inches of rain.

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms
Hurricane Floyd, five years ago, was the costliest disaster in New Jersey's history, with more than 70,000 homes and businesses damaged. Hurricane flooding causes more damage than high winds - leaving behind water-soaked walls and floors, drenched rugs and furniture, and large amounts of mud, mold, and debris.

Winter Storms and Snow Melt Bring Floods
From storm surge to ice blockages to high water from snow melt, winter weather also contributes to flooding.

Construction and Development Can Increase Flood Risk
Development can change natural drainage and create new paths for runoff. More than 80 percent of New Jersey's flood maps are more than 10 years old and may not show current risks.

Be FloodSmart - Reduce the Risk
From the shore to the highlands, people in New Jersey are going to experience flooding. Consumers can visit www.FloodSmart.gov or call 1-800-427-2419 to learn how to prepare for floods, how to purchase a National Flood Insurance Policy, and how to protect their homes and property against flooding.

  • Learn your risk. Visit www.FloodSmart.gov to learn your potential risk and get information about local community activities to prevent flood damage.
  • Protect your property. Visit the site to get information on protecting your home, possessions and family before the floodwaters start to rise.

Get flood insurance. The toll-free number and Web site provide flood insurance resources and information, including tools to find an agent and estimate the cost of insurance premiums.

On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards...

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April 23, 2013 - 09:53
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