Pleasantville applying for FEMA funds to elevate homes and purchase property

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PLEASANTVILLE  – The city is applying for funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay for the cost of storm mitigation measures including elevating homes and purchasing flood prone properties.

Pleasantville homeowners have until the month’s end to send information and be considered in the program, according to a FEMA press release.

FEMA requires that each municipality apply on behalf of its homeowners for funding to raise building elevations. These FEMA applications are competitive and there is no guarantee Pleasantville will receive funding.

Property owners who wish to elevate their home or sell a flood-prone property and want to be included in the city’s application for assistance must write a letter of interest to Pleasantville Construction Official Kevin Cain at the City Hall Annex, 132 W. Washington Ave., Pleasantville, N.J.  08232.

The non-binding letter of interest should include: property address, tax block and lot number; whether the property is covered by FEMA’s increased cost of compliance coverage, the extent of damage incurred from Hurricane Sandy, if any, a current elevation certificate of the existing structure provided by a state licensed land surveyor and the property owner’s name, address, phone number and email address.

Pleasantville is applying for FEMA mitigation funds for different projects, including raising flood-prone access roads and installing stormwater improvements.

The applications will be reviewed and prioritized by county, state and FEMA officials.

Funding may not be available until late this year. Property owners can’t start a project until funding is awarded.

These funds are separate from the NFIP increased cost of compliance funding for flood insurance policyholders.  ICC funding may provide up to $30,000 toward the cost of elevating a home to the new base flood elevations if the structure was substantially damaged, 50 percent or greater loss in pre-flood market value by Sandy. 

FEMA has released advisory base flood elevation maps that require higher elevations and pilings in certain neighborhoods of Pleasantville. These maps and other FEMA information are available at www.region2coastal.com.

 Any homes that are elevated using FEMA funds must comply with the new maps.

 


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