When a storm is approaching, monitor Borough OEM (Office of Emergency Management) announcements and directions. If we are going to have a significant event, some terminology may be given that can be explained here. One common term during a flooding event is MLLW (Mean Lower Low Water), which very briefly explained, is one way to measure water level. Here is a table of MLLW for four significant storms that hit our Borough. Under Sandy Hook is the MLLW reading (in feet) at the station at Sandy Hook, and under Bay Ave is the amount of feet of water experienced during the storm on our main street.

Sandy Hook Bay Ave
1962 Donna 10.5 4
1992 Nor’Easter 10.3 4
2011 Irene 9.75 3
2012 Sandy 13.31* 7

*Note: This measurement is the last recorded MLLW before the gauges stopped functioning.

Additional information can be found on these websites:

Know Your BFE and Zone
Check here for the FEMA Flood Map Service Center

Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevens Institute Flood Advisory System

NFIP
The OFFICIAL website of the National Flood Insurance Program.

Focus on Floods
An organization which is dedicated to addressing the fundamental conflict between economic development and conservation of the environment.

Monmouth County Hazard Mitigation Plan
Monmouth County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update (June 2015)

NJ Office of Emergency Management
NJ OEM

ready.gov
The Federal Government’s emergency preparedness website

Reducing Flood Risks to Residential Buildings that cannot be Elevated
Informational guide to reducing your flood risk when you cannot lift weather.gov Federal Government weather safety website.

Weather.gov
Federal Government weather safety website.

New York Times: New Data Reveals Hidden Flood Risk Across America
Interactive research regarding flood risk.

Find your home’s Flood Factor
Past floods, current risks, and future projections based on peer-reviewed research from the world’s leading flood modelers.