The flooding from the weekend continues to get assessed. The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management has asked County Offices of Emergency Management to conduct visual surveys of damages incurred in their jurisdictions as a result of Sunday’s flooding event. The purpose of the damage surveys is to determine the magnitude and severity of the event, and determine if more formal and comprehensive damage assessments are required.
During the damage assessment process, impacted facilities are located, identified and recorded. Officials will survey roads, bridges, public buildings, emergency facilities, utility plants, public property and critical infrastructure. They will also estimate the total number of damaged residential properties and indicate any other community impacts. The damage survey provides the initial extent and boundaries of the affected areas, and helps determine where the most critical needs are.