Outdated flood maps could cost some New Jersey homeowners more money

Outdated flood maps could be costing some New Jersey homeowners more money for flood insurance they dont need.

Monmouth County Emergency Management officials say some of the flood maps have not been updated in 20 years. Coordinator Harry Conover says the maps are too old to be accurate because of redevelopment. He also says some homeowners are paying for flood insurance and may no longer need it.

Some residents would like an update for the maps. However, it is up to local municipalities to ask for updates from FEMA. Neptune Townships zoning officer says it is not a high priority for his department unless local officials make it one. However, Conover says the updates have to be done because some people may now live in flood zones and dont know it.

FEMA has decided to update flood maps for 92,000 cities nationwide over the next eight years. However, Congress must approve the $1.7 billion project first.

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