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Thurs, March 1, 12:50pm: County to Close TI Bridge, Suspend Services For Coastal Storm

The following information came from the County of Cape May in advance of the coastal storm expected to impact our region on March 1st-4th:

In preparation of the coastal storm striking the east coast tomorrow and extending into the weekend, the Townsends Inlet Bridge between Avalon and Sea Isle City will be closing at 5:00pm on Thursday March 1st until sometime Sunday March 4th when weather conditions become more favorable for traffic to cross the bridge.

According to the latest briefing from the National Weather Service, Cape May County will be experiencing major coastal flooding and high winds through the weekend.  With the high tides expected and an easterly wind, waves will be washing over the seawall on the Avalon approach to the Townsends Inlet Bridge.  Due to the narrow open lane in the construction zone, the expected high winds will make it difficult for vehicles to cross the bridge.

Due to the forecast of heavy rains, winds and tidal flooding, Fare Free Transportation will not be providing service to any of the barrier islands on Friday March 2, 2018.  Services to the mainland communities will remain on schedule.

Regular dialysis trips will be provided as well as Meals on Wheels for the barrier islands, all other services to the barrier islands only, are suspended for Friday March 2.  All countywide Fare Free Transportation services for today, Thursday March 1, are running and on schedule.

The Senior Centers in North Wildwood and Ocean City will be closed due to the potential of severe weather and flooding, the Senior Centers in Lower Township and Upper Township will remain open.

All other Cape May County Government Services and Offices will be open and operating during regular business hours.

Please check the Cape May County Park and Zoo website for any changes in hours of operation, heavy winds could present a danger to the animals and or the potential threat to visitors from falling tree branches.   www.cmczoo.com

Thurs, March 1, 12:50pm: County to Close TI Bridge, Suspend Services For Coastal Storm2018-03-01T14:10:33-05:00

Governor Announces New Funding for Home Elevation

Elevating Homes To Protect From Future Storms

What New Jersey Homeowners Need To Know About The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Elevation Program

In order to protect New Jersey communities from future storms, Governor Christie today launched a $100 million grant program to assist homeowners elevate their homes. Targeted at homes in the nine counties hardest hit by Sandy, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Elevation Program provides up to $30,000 of reimbursement for eligible homeowners to elevate their primary single-family residences. Elevation will both lower the risk of flood damage and reduce flood insurance premiums. The program is being paid for by FEMA funds.

What You Need To Know About Program Eligibility:

 The primary single-family residence must have been owned and occupied by the homeowner at the time of Superstorm Sandy;

 The program is limited to homes located in the 100-year floodplain in the Sandy-impacted counties of Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union;

 Homeowners targeted for buy-out under the State’s HMGP acquisition program are not eligible to apply;  There are no income requirements and FEMA registration is not required.

How To Apply For A HMGP Grant:

 The application period opens July 22, 2013 and closes on September 15, 2013;

Online: Log on to www.renewjerseystronger.org;

By phone: Call 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946);

In Person: Visit a Housing Recovery Center, located in each of the nine most-impacted counties (Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union);

 Method of application will not affect status or likelihood of selection. Helping New Jersey Homeowners Most At Risk Of Future Flooding:

 Because the HMGP Elevation Program is designed to mitigate against future flooding events, applications will be prioritized by flooding risk and by level of Sandy-related damage;

 Risk groups are defined by how much higher a home needs to be elevated to meet New Jersey’s design elevation standards:

o The first group will be homeowners who need to elevate more than 8 feet above the standard. The next group will be those who must elevate five to eight feet above the standard. The final group will consist of those needing to elevate less than five feet;o Within each risk group, applications are further prioritized based on storm damage from Sandy. Homeowners with major damages of more than $8,000 or more than one foot of water on the first floor are prioritized over homeowners with less than major damage or no damage. If the number of applications received exceeds the available funding, then an electronic random ordering of prioritized applications will be used to select applicants to move forward in the review process.

 The calculation of HMGP Elevation assistance takes into consideration the cost of elevation and other funding the homeowner has received for elevation from other sources such as insurance, FEMA, the Small Business Administration (SBA), and non-profit organizations;

 All elevation projects must be deemed cost effective by FEMA and must comply with all environmental and historic preservation laws and requirements;

 Federal regulations disqualify homeowners who have already begun or completed elevation work from receiving HMGP Elevation assistance however, work to repair the home or in furtherance of making the structure “elevatable” does not disqualify;

 Homeowners who accept HMGP Elevation Program assistance can use any elevation contractor registered in New Jersey that is qualified to do the work;

 Once all necessary documents are received and the home elevation is completed, the homeowner will be reimbursed for all eligible expenses.

Governor Announces New Funding for Home Elevation2013-07-23T21:02:07-04:00


The National Weather Service has posted a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Avalon and surrounding areas on Thursday, June 13th until 11:00am. Here is the text of the Severe Thunderstorm Watch posted by the National Weather Service:

The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of
eastern Maryland
central and southern New Jersey
southeastern Pennsylvania
coastal waters

* effective this Thursday morning from 730 am until 1100 am EDT.

* Primary threats include…
several damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible
several large hail events to 1.5 inches in diameter possible

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch area is approximately along and 45
statute miles east and west of a line from 15 miles north of
Trenton New Jersey to 55 miles south southeast of Dover Delaware.
For a complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch
outline update (wous64 kwns wou4).

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

Remember… a Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are
favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch
area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for
threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements
and possible warnings. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally
do produce tornadoes.

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