The Township has received many inquires from property owners concerning housing conditions on the barrier island. We have prepared the following to respond to those inquiries:
- The Township’s Engineer’s office completed a cursory inspection of the homes of the barrier island and prepared a map showing the housing conditions present at the time of the inspection a few days ago. There is a link to that map below.
- There were some homes that were dislodged from their foundations during the storm that ended up in roadway rights of way. These homes were removed by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) in order to open up the roadways to emergency crews for access. The Township did not remove any homes, and we have simply been advised by the NJDOT that they were taking this action to open up the roadways. The Township has notremoved or demolished any private homes at this point in time. There are homes still located in a couple of roadway rights of way that may need to be removed.
- There are other homes that were dislodged from their foundations and came to rest in other properties and/or against otherhomes. These homes are not safe to enter and property owners will need to discuss their options with their insurance carrier when they are able to gain access to the area. Although the Township Building Inspection Department is available to answer questions for these property owners, final decisionswith respect to what can be done with homes that have been dislodged from the foundations will rest with the insurance carriers for individual homeowners.
- Homes that are not structurally sound and cannot be entered safely will be marked accordingly for homeowners. Although the Township Building Inspection Department is available to answer questions for these property owners, final decisions with respect to what can be done with homes that have structural damage will rest with the insurance carriers forindividual homeowners.