An interactive map produced by New Jersey Spotlight and published late last week provides a complete breakdown of every insurance claim paid in New Jersey since Hurricane Sandy by town, giving further insight into the totality of losses suffered during the late-October storm.
Information from color-coded map was compiled using the most recent data from the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI).
Based on the most recent data, 2,556 claims were filed in the portions of Matawan and Aberdeen with the zip code 07747. A total of 1,939 have been paid for a total of $13,329,831. There were 500 claims that were closed without payment. Between $2 million and $5 million in insurance losses are expected.
In the portion of Cliffwood with area code 07721, a total of 226 claims were filed. So far, 164 claims have been paid for a total of $839,074. Fifty-six were closed without payment. There, insurance losses are expected to be between $200,000 and $2 million.
Area code 07735, which includes Keyport and portions of Cliffwood Beach, saw 3,707 claims filed. Of that, 2,639 -- or $44,186,610 worth -- of claims have been paid. Closed without payment were 778 cases. Total insurance losses are expected to exceed $25 million.
Towns with minimal losses - those with under $200,000 in paid out claims - are represented by a light yellow color. Towns that have suffered more than $25 million in losses, which includes most of the state's coastal communities, as well as large portions of Ocean and Monmouth Counties, are shown in mahogany.
According to the report, the total cost of insurance claims paid to New Jersey residents and business owners following losses incurred during Hurricane Sandy is expected to reach at least $7.5 billion.
As of the end of March, individuals and business owners filed a total of 516,326 claims. In the five months following Sandy, 90 percent of the claims have been paid.
Currently, insurers have paid $6.1 billion in claims, including $2.9 billion for flood damage, according to the DOBI data. The next highest total is residential claims, which currently total more than $1.4 billion in New Jersey.
While coastal communities suffered the most significant damage during Sandy, the area with the largest losses includes densely populated areas along the Hackensack River and Meadowlands. In all, six areas had more than $100 million in losses. In addition to the area listed above, Toms River, Newark South Station, Point Pleasant, Long Beach, and Newark's Ironbound district each suffered more than $100 million in losses due to the storm.