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Barnegat Mayor Says Township Would Match Up 'With Any Other' In the State

Mayor reacts to USA Today analysis that suggested Barnegat had a poor FEMA rating for flood preparation.

Despite a report that suggested Barnegat Township has one of the worst FEMA ratings for flood preparation, the township was as ready for Sandy as it could have been, according to Mayor Al Cirulli.

According to the USA Today analysis, Barnegat and Lacey Township  "ignored federal incentives" to reduce flood damage, "even as they have been flooded repeatedly." This inaction may lead to lost discounts for property owners.

Cirulli told Patch that he would "match up with any town in this state," in terms of preparedness for Sandy. "We had our shelters open, did our evacuation. No fatalities, no serious injuries. The rest was on nature."

He said early estimates are the township "lost one home" on the bayfront, and others need some work. But Cirulli added, "when you live on a lagoon, and the tide comes in over 9 feet, of course there are going to be problems." 

The USA Today article noted that towns often ignore federal flood-mitigation plans "because they fear restricting development and don't want to spend the money."

Lucy November 04, 2012 at 11:27 PM
After going to my home today, I'd say lots of houses need "some work", including mine
Joann Kaczala November 05, 2012 at 12:56 PM
If we are in such good shape why don't I have power.
Drivingtoofar November 05, 2012 at 03:56 PM
This article should be at the top of the Barnegat Patch....more people should see this
Capt Jacobsen Mey November 06, 2012 at 03:43 AM
It's obvious the Mayor and the Committee don't know how to READ. The article quote: Barnegat and Lacey Township  "ignored federal incentives" to reduce flood damage, "even as they have been flooded repeatedly." This inaction may lead to lost discounts for property owners. MEANS: Barnegat has spent money on things such as over residential development (when it's not needed), more retail outlets (when it's not needed), the bungled Lower Shore Rd., the quest to DESTROY open spaces rather than saving them.... AND Not investing money into Barnegat's infrastructure OR money into improving things to PREVENT flooding, to PROTECT businesses, PROTECT residences AND to PROTECT it's PEOPLE in an effort to try and stop adverse effects from occurring BEFORE they can or did occur. The USA Today article was in no way referring to Sandy survivors or how many shelters were set up AFTER the storm.... DUH. But, hey, let's keeping building and spending in Barnegat, no need to worry about FUTURE issues that will and can impact the Tax Payers or their livelihood.
nyexpat November 06, 2012 at 07:24 PM
On Sunday morning I attempted to get information regarding the evacuation status as I live only a block from the lagoons and close to the marshlands. The Barnegat Township website and phone # (office was closed of course) had absolutely NO information. Someone suggested a radio station's website that at that time listed only a voluntary evacuation notice that had been issued on Saturday. We did not receive a phone call at our home from the township as happened last year for Irene, and that other municipalities such as LBI were conducting since Saturday evening. Around 1pm on Sunday a cop knocked on our door to "remind" us of the mandatory evacuation by 6pm. All info about shelters I obtained was from Facebook posts and other 3rd party websites. I think it is safe to say the township DID NOT prepare for this or notify its residents as needed. Yet another reason to move...
John B Taxpayer November 08, 2012 at 01:54 PM
The emergency management of Barnegat got an "F" on the Sandy Test! What a bunch of buffoons!

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