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Changes in Flood Elevation Determinations

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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


Interim rule.


This interim rule lists communities where modification of the Base (1-percent-annual-chance) Flood Elevations is appropriate because of new scientific or technical data. New flood insurance premium rates will be calculated from the modified Base Flood Elevations for new buildings and their contents.


These modified Base Flood Elevations are currently in effect on the dates listed in the table below and revise the Flood Insurance Rate Maps in effect prior to this determination for each listed community.

From the date of the second publication of these changes in a newspaper of local circulation, any person has ninety (90) days in which to request through the community that the Associate Director for Mitigation reconsider the changes. The modified elevations may be changed during the 90-day period.


The modified Base Flood Elevations for each community are available for inspection at the office of the Chief Executive Officer of each community. The respective addresses are listed in the table below.

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Matthew B. Miller, P.E., Chief, Hazards Study Branch, Mitigation Directorate, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-3461, or (e-mail)

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The modified Base Flood Elevations are not listed for each community in this interim rule. However, the address of the Chief Executive Officer of the community where the modified Base Flood Elevation determinations are available for inspection is provided.

Any request for reconsideration must be based on knowledge of changed conditions or new scientific or technical data.

The modifications are made pursuant to Section 201 of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4105, and are in accordance with the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C. 4001 et seq., and with 44 CFR Part 65.

For rating purposes, the currently effective community number is shown and must be used for all new policies and renewals.

The modified Base Flood Elevations are the basis for the floodplain management measures that the community is required to either adopt or to show evidence of being already in effect in order to qualify or to remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

These modified elevations, together with the floodplain management criteria required by 44 CFR 60.3, are the minimum that are required. They should not be construed to mean that the community must change any existing ordinances that are more stringent in their floodplain management requirements. The community may at any time enact stricter requirements of its own, or pursuant to policies established by other Federal, State, or regional entities.

The changes in Base Flood Elevations are in accordance with 44 CFR 65.4.

National Environmental Policy Act

This rule is categorically excluded from the requirements of 44 CFR Part 10, Environmental Consideration. No Start Printed Page 64373environmental impact assessment has been prepared.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

The Associate Director for Mitigation certifies that this rule is exempt from the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because modified Base Flood Elevations are required by the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4105, and are required to maintain community eligibility in the NFIP. No regulatory flexibility analysis has been prepared.

Regulatory Classification

This interim rule is not a significant regulatory action under the criteria of Section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866 of September 30, 1993, Regulatory Planning and Review, 58 FR 51735.

Executive Order 12612, Federalism

This rule involves no policies that have federalism implications under Executive Order 12612, Federalism, dated October 26, 1987.

Executive Order 12778, Civil Justice Reform

This rule meets the applicable standards of Section 2(b)(2) of Executive Order 12778.

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List of Subjects in 44 CFR Part 65

  • Flood insurance
  • Floodplains
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
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Accordingly, 44 CFR Part 65 is amended to read as follows:

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1. The authority citation for Part 65 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4001 et seq.; Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978, 3 CFR, 1978 Comp., p. 329; E.O. 12127, 44 FR 19367, 3 CFR, 1979 Comp., p. 376.

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2. The tables published under the authority of § 65.4 are amended as follows:

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State and countyLocationDates and name of newspaper where notice was publishedChief executive officer of communityEffective date of modificationCommunity No.
MaricopaUnincorporated AreasApril 7, 2000, April 14, 2000, Arizona RepublicThe Honorable Andrew Kunasek, Chairperson, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, 301 West Jefferson, 10th Floor, Phoenix, Arizona 85003Feb. 29, 2000040037
PimaCity of TucsonApril 18, 2000, April 25, 2000, Tucson CitizenThe Honorable Robert E. Walkup, Mayor, City of Tucson, P.O. Box 27210, Tucson, Arizona 85726July 24, 2000040076
PimaUnincoporated AreasApril 18, 2000, April 25, 2000, Arizona Daily StarThe Honorable Sharon Bronson, Chairperson, Pima County Board of Supervisors, 130 West Congress, 11th Floor, Tucson, Arizona 85701July 24, 2000040073
Arkansas: SebastianCity of Fort SmithApril 21, 2000, April 28, 2000, Southwest Times RecordThe Honorable Ray Baker, Mayor, City of Fort Smith, P.O. Box 1908, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72902Mar. 21, 2000055013
Contra CostaCity of Walnut CreekApril 5, 2000, April 12, 2000, Contra Costa TimesThe Honorable Charlie Abrams, Mayor, City of Walnut Creek, 1666 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, California 94596-8039Mar. 8, 2000065070
RiversideCity of CoronaApril 19, 2000, April 26, 2000, The Press EnterpriseThe Honorable Jeffrey P. Bennett, Mayor, City of Corona, P.O. Box 940, Corona, California 92882-0940Mar. 13, 2000060250
RiversideCity of NorcoApril 19, 2000, April 26, 2000, The Press EnterpriseThe Honorable Frank Hall, Mayor, City of Norco, P.O. Box 428, Norco, California 92860-0428Mar. 13, 2000060256
Colorado: ArapahoeUnincorporated AreasApril 20, 2000, April 27, 2000, The VillagerThe Honorable Steve Ward, Chairperson, Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners, 5334 South Prince Street, Littleton, Colorado 80166Mar. 13, 2000080011
Nebraska: ThurstonVillage of PenderApril 20, 2000, April 27, 2000, Pender TimesThe Honorable Frank Appleton, Chairperson, Village of Pender Board of Trustees, P.O. Box S, Pender, Nebraska 68047July 26, 2000310221
New Mexico: BernalilloCity of AlbuquerqueApril 6, 2000, April 13, 200, Albuquerque JournalThe Honorable Jim Baca, Mayor, City of Albuquerque, P.O. Box 1293, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87103Feb. 29, 2000350002
Okalahoma: WagonerCity of CowetaApril 19, 2000, April 26, 2000, Coweta AmericanThe Honorable Mike Dill, Mayor, City of Coweta, City Hall, P.O. Box 850, Coweta, Oklahoma 74429Mar. 10, 2000400216
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TarrantCity of Fort WorthApril 20, 2000, April 27, 2000, The Star-TelegramThe Honorable Kenneth Barr, Mayor, City of Fort Worth, 1000 Throckmorton Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102-6311Mar. 24, 2000480596
TarrantCity of KellerMarch 28, 2000, April 4, 2000, The Keller CitizenThe Honorable Dave Phillips, Mayor, City of Keller, P.O. Box 770, Keller, Texas 76244July 3, 200048602
WilliamsonCity of AustinApril 7, 2000, April 14, 2000, Austin American-StatementThe Honorable Kirk Watson, Mayor, City of Austin, 124 West Eighth Street, Suite 103, Austin 78701Mar. 1, 2000480624
WilliamsonUnincorporated AreasApril 7, 2000, April 14, 2000, Austin American-StatemanThe Honorable John Doerffler, County Judge, Williamson County, 710 Main Street, Suite 201, Georgetown, Texas 78626Mar. 1, 2000481079

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 83.100, “Flood Insurance”)

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Dated: October 16, 2000.

Michael J. Armstrong,

Associate Director for Mitigation.

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[FR Doc. 00-27639 Filed 10-26-00; 8:45 am]