The Federal Emergency Management Administration and the Little Egg Harbor Township Committee will host a meeting Friday evening where homeowners can ask questions about funding and rebuilding.

Homeowners are facing the possibility of raising their homes to comply with impending new advisory base flood-elevation maps that were released last month. The final maps are expected to be released in August.

Mayor John Kehm said he expects about 500 people to attend the meeting wanting answers from FEMA. The Township Committee held a special meeting Dec. 20 to unveil an ordinance to conform with new federal flood zone regulations, and residents packed the township municipal building with standing-room-only crowd.

The maps put the Mystic Islands section of the township in the highest risk zone, with a 4-foot increase to the base flood elevation.

Last month, homeowners fired off questions at members of the Township Committee, but they themselves did not have answers.

“People want to know about the money and the latest with the funding situation and how people are going to rebuild. They also want to know more about the flood maps set to come out in August. Hopefully FEMA has some answers and I think they will,” Kehm said.

Officials have said that about 5,000 waterfront homes in the township experienced substantial damage during the storm.

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