Rules in place to curb Union Beach floods

FEMA is enacting a new set of building

FEMA is enacting a new set of building regulations aimed at preventing residents from ever being flooded out again.

UNION BEACH - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is enacting a new set of building regulations aimed at preventing future floods in Union Beach.

Among the proposed changes, all new construction will have to be built 15 feet or more above sea level.

The height requirement varies depending on where the rebuilding is taking place in relation to Raritan Bay. Projects starting along Front Street on the beach will have to go up 17 feet and have pilings for a foundation instead of concrete.

Under FEMA's flood insurance rules, building high will result in hundreds or even thousands of dollars in flood insurance savings for residents.

The changed landscape is already noticeable, with some residents saying the modifications signal progress toward a new and improved Union Beach. 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

One person was killed in a shooting on 1 At least 1 dead in Thursday night Newark shooting
St. Joseph High School student Matthew Hall visited 2 Teen battling cancer thanks medical team as he prepares to attend prom
Genesis Rincon was shot and killed by a 3 Man pleads guilty for death of 12-year-old girl
Kane In Your Corner continues its investigation into 4 KIYC: NJSPCA no-bid contracts questioned
Marist High School in Bayonne is not giving 5 Marist High School appeals to Pope in final attempt to stay open

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE