Brick Council waives rebuilding fees for flood victims

Emergency responders evacuated Greenbriar residents whose homes were flooded. [PH0TO BY DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS]

BRICK TOWNSHIP– The Brick Township Council voted Tuesday to waive permit fees to hasten the rebuilding process for residents whose homes were impacted by the flooding caused by the recent torrential rains.

Council members voted unanimously to approve the resolution at the Aug. 28 borough council meeting. Fees will be waived through Nov. 1 with one councilman saying he is open to extending the deadline. Waived fees will include permits issued for repair damage sustained by the storm. 

Residents will still be required to pay state fees. 

On Aug. 13, the township received roughly 8 inches of rain within about four hours. The Brick Township Building Department estimates that over 170 homes have been identified as being damaged as of Aug. 28.

Greenbriar I, an adult community, had 104 homes damaged in the storm, with some residents needing to be evacuated via rescue boat. 

“The residents whose homes were damaged in the storm face a long road back. Many of those residents are senior citizens on fixed incomes. We want to help them to the best of our ability and one way we can is by waiving fees for the rebuilding of their homes,”  Mayor Ducey said in a press release. 

The council also approved a resolution asking the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the Ocean County Engineering Department to conduct an independent study on whether the newly constructed Garden State Parkway exit 91, located directly behind Greenbriar I where the worst of the flooding occurred, might have worsened flooding. 

“Citizens have raised legitimate questions about how much of the flooding, if any, was caused by the Parkway construction and widening. The worst flooding was adjacent to the Parkway and the new exits and entrances along Burrsville Road,” said Mayor Ducey. 

“The Turnpike Authority and county Engineering Department have an obligation to find out if the flooding was worsened by their projects and if so, what they can do to help prevent this in the future.”