Flood Hazard Information

Floods are among the most frequent natural hazards in New Jersey, and among the most devastating in terms of human hardship and economic loss.

The greatest risks occur in known flood plains when there is:

  • Intense rainfall over a  short period of time,
  • Prolonged rain over several days, and/or
  • Ice or debris jams causing river or streams to overflow.

Risks can occur anytime of the year.

  • Melting snow can combine with rain in the winter and early spring
  • Severe thunderstorms can bring heavy rain in the spring and summer
  • Hurricane or tropical storms can bring intense rainfall in the summer and fall.

Floods and Flash Floods each provide unique risks.

  • Floods develop over several hours or several days. Streets can become swift-moving rivers, creating great danger for pedestrians and drivers. Basements, buildings and entire swaths of land can become inundated, leading to deadly hazards, dangerous structural damage, and lost property or crops.
  • Flash Floods occur with little or no warning and are deadly and fast moving. They can begin within the first hours of a rain event, or after a dam or levee failure, or following the sudden release of water held back by an ice or debris jam. Their power can roll boulders, tear out trees, destroy buildings and bridges, scour out new channels and can also trigger catastrophic mudslides.

Wall Township is a participating community in the National Flood Insurance Program, flood insurance is available to all Township residents regardless of whether the home is in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) or not. Historically 25% of a flood insurance claims have been from structures outside the SFHA.

Helpful Links
www.floodsmart.gov
FEMA Region II Coastal
FEMA Map Service Center
State of New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management

Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) commonly called Flood Maps
 
A FIRM is a map created by FEMA and the NFIP for floodplain management and insurance purposes.

A FIRM will generally show a community's base flood elevations, flood zones, and floodplain boundaries. As a property owner/renter, you can use this map to get a reliable indication of what flood zone you're in. However, maps are constantly being updated due to changes in geography, construction and mitigation activities, and meteorological events. Therefore, for a truly accurate determination, contact your insurance agent or company, or your community floodplain manager.

Current Flood Maps

The maps in this section are the maps currently adopted by the National Flood Insurance Program and are used to set insurance premiums. New maps have been proposed and published for coastal and tidal areas , these maps will be adopted in 2015/2016 for insurance purposes, if you are planning new structure or a significant improvement to a structure in or near a flood zone you must use the proposed preliminary map for flood zone boundaries and flood elevations.

310F (North West Collingwood Area)
320F (Carmerville, West Allenwood Areas)
326F (Shark River Station Area)
328F (Rt 34 Corridor, Monmouth Airport to Campus Pky)
329F (Glendolla Res., Rockefeller Est. Area)
333F (West Shark River, North Camp Evans Areas)
340F (Central Wall Twp.)
341F (West Belmar, Shark River Manor)
342F (Eastern West Belmar)
343F (Rt. 35 Corridor Allaire Rd. to Atlantic Ave.)
435F (Pine View Estates Area)
455F (Ramshorn, Four Seasons Area)
456F (Lenape Trail Area)

Preliminary Flood Maps
The maps in this section are the proposed map updates, these maps are currently in the comment period. FEMA will accept comments on any mistakes on the maps. If you find a mistake you can submit it to the Township by email or in person through the Construction Dept. and we will forward them to FEMA.

The new maps are scheduled be adopted in late 2015 or early 2016, for more information about these maps and how they were developed you can visit FEMA's web site here. Only coastal and tidal areas are affected by the new flood study, if the area you're interested in is not on these maps, it means that that area is not part of the updates and you should use the current "F" suffix map for that area.

329G (Glendolla Res., Rockefeller Est. Area)
333G (West Shark River, North Camp Evans Areas)
340G (Central Wall Twp.)
341G (West Belmar, Shark River Manor)
342G (Eastern West Belmar)
343G (Rt. 35 Corridor Allaire Rd. to Alantic Ave.)
455G (Ramshorn, Four Seasons Area)
456G (Lenape Trail Area)

Historic Maps
The maps in this section are historic maps that are no longer used for insurance or development purposes and are provided here for informational purposes only.

 1973 Historic Map (entire town)
Historic 1977 3403330001A (South West)
Historic 1977 3403330002A (North West)
Historic 1977 3403330003A (South East)
Historic 1977 3403330004A (North East)