DID YOU KNOW: The Engineering Department provides free consulting services to help people optimize flood protection specific to your property. They will research your properties flood depth (BFE), analyse your elevation certificate (or lack of a certificate), offer suggestions that may lower insurance premiums, and assist in obtaining a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA). Simply contact Tanya at x189 to schedule an appointment at our office, or in your home. We have three Certified Floodplain Managers here to help! Here are some other helpful links:
Advisories are also available by phone at 973-835-4225, by radio at AM 1620, and on Facebook
We all know that there have been many studies and engineering solutions proposed for our flooding problems. To date, no proactive solutions have been implemented; all "solutions" have been reactive, i.e. disaster assistance, elevations, and buyouts. We need to break this cycle. We need action. We need an involved community constantly demanding proactive action from our State and Federal elected officials. They are the only people with the power and funding to change the status quo. An involved community needs to understand where our tax money is spent and demand to know why it isn't spent on proactive solutions to flooding.
Nothing will change until the people of the Passaic River Basin stand together and demand action, whether they flood or are simply inconvenienced. Pequannock Township and the Flood Control Advisory Committee are coordinating efforts with other communities to see that the local governments are doing everything we can; we need your help.
Use this sample letter as a template for a letter writing campaign. Edit it to your own liking, and send it out to all our elected and appointed officials at the State and Federal level. Anyone who can affect change. Don't just send it out once! Continue to refine your correspondence for new conditions and send it out often. Clog their mailboxes, email accounts, and fax machines. Other communities will be joining this effort. Remember to be respectful, state your case and your demands forcefully but not impolitely. Respectful letters are the most effective letters.
Pequannock Township Flood Control Advisory Committee
The FEMA CRS Flood Information handout was recently mailed out to all owners of property designated within the FEMA 100 year flood plain. The mailing is an annual requirement of the FEMA Community Rating System (CRS) program. We expect that many property owners, especially owners on the edge of the flood plain who have historically received minimal flooding or owners who do not pay flood insurance, may not know that they are in the designated 100 year flood plain. It is important to understand that the designation is made by FEMA, not the Township. The Township cannot change your designation. However, if you believe that your flood plain designation is in error, FEMA does have a process for changing the map. The following links will provide you with information and forms regarding the process, known as a "Letter of Map Amendment" (LOMA: LOMA OverviewLOMA - Forms
There are currently 3 Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM's) that cover Pequannock Township, which all went into effect May 21, 1971. Two of the maps were last revised September 17, 1992, with the third having been revised last July 3, 1986. FEMA is currently in the process of updating these FIRM's with more current survey data and a new hydraulic study, with new maps expected to become law before the end of 2013. If you believe you are eligible, applying for a LOMA now will increase the accuracy of the new maps.