FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: One Community's Efforts to Battle Future Flood Loss   [open pdf - 36KB]

"Wrecked and ruined homes and shipwrecked boats were the haunting images embedded in the minds of many residents of New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the coast in late October 2012. The storm caused the Atlantic Ocean to create vast flooding that inundated much of the state's coast. Some homes in Tuckerton Beach, a waterfront neighborhood within the Borough of Tuckerton, were washed completely off their foundations and others sustained major damage from the high velocity waves and the surge that flooded the area. Aware that flooding was likely to occur in Tuckerton Beach, Harold Spedding, the emergency management coordinator of Tuckerton, joined the mayor and signed a mandatory evacuation declaration for residents prior to Sandy's arrival."

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