A floodplain, or flood plain,
is flat or nearly flat land adjacent to a stream or river that experiences
occasional or periodic flooding. It includes the floodway, which
consists of the stream channel and adjacent areas that carry flood
flows, and the flood fringe, which are areas covered by the flood,
but which do not experience a strong current.
New Jersey has 566 municipalities; New Jersey is broken up into 21 counties. You will need to know your Floodplain in New Jersey.
Floodplains generally contain unconsolidated sediments, often extending below the bed of the stream. These are accumulations of sand, gravel, loam, silt, and/or clay, and are often important aquifers, the water being drawn from them being pre-filtered compared to the water in the stream.
Am I eligible for flood insurance?
You must live in a community that participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to qualify for National Flood Insurance. Find out if your community participates in the NFIP and the kinds of NFIP resources available in your community.
New Jersey has a temperate climate, with hot humid summers and
cold winters. During the hurricane season, tropical cyclones can
hit New Jersey, though it is uncommon for one to remain at hurricane
strength so far to the north. During the winter months, Nor'easters
can dump heavy amounts of precipitation across the state. Because
of its dense population and because most communities of northern
New Jersey do not have the widespread reservoir system of neighboring
Greater New York City, the slightest dry season leads to drought
warnings; but because there are many streams and rivers close to
these communities, the slightest above average rainfall causes frequent
flooding as many parts of Northern New Jersey are part of a flood
New Jersey and surrounding areas
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