The outcry that greeted FEMA’s preliminary flood maps officially adopted by Gov. Chris Christie in the aftermath of Sandy began almost the moment they were introduced. Many residents would have to raise their homes and businesses several feet on pilings, or else pay dramatically higher flood insurance rates in the years to come, and they didn’t like what they saw…Given the absence of this data, FEMA opted to release maps based on what it acknowledged was an overly conservative, worst-case scenario. "I think there was a rush to get out some of the information that maybe wasn’t ready for primetime," says Richard Lathrop, a professor of environmental monitoring at Rutgers University.
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