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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% 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 Map(s) 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 following table.

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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 Start Printed Page 10591community 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 upon 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 environmental 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.
CochiseUnincorporated AreasNovember 8, 2000, November 15, 2000, Arizona Range NewsThe Honorable Mike Palmer, Chairman, Cochise County Board of Supervisors, 1415 West Melody Lane, Bisbee, Arizona 85603Feb. 15, 2001040012
MaricopaTown of BuckeyeAugust 10, 2000, August 17, 2000, Arizona RepublicThe Honorable Dusty Hull, Mayor, Town of Buckeye, 100 North Apache Road, Suite A, Buckeye, Arizona 85326July 19, 2000040039
MaricopaUnincorporated AreasAugust 10, 2000, August 17, 2000, Arizona RepublicThe Honorable Andrew Kunasek, Chairperson, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, 301 West Jefferson, 10th Floor, Phoenix, Arizona 85003July 19, 2000040037
PimaCity of TucsonDecember 1, 2000, December 8, 2000, Arizona Daily StarThe Honorable Robert E. Walkup, Mayor, City of Tucson, P.O. Box 27210, Tucson, Arizona 85726Nov. 8, 2000040076
PimaCity of TucsonDecember 22, 2000, December 29, 2001, Arizona Daily StarThe Honorable Robert E. Walkup, Mayor, City of Tucson, P.O. Box 27210, Tucson, Arizona 85726Mar. 29, 2001040076
MendocinoCity of UkiahDecember 1, 2000, December 8, 2000, Ukiah Daily JournalThe Honorable Jim Mastin, Mayor, City of Ukiah, 300 Seminary Avenue, Ukiah, California 95482Nov. 14, 2000060186
Santa ClaraCity of MilpitasDecember 13, 2000, December 20, 2000, Milpitas PostThe Honorable Henry Manayan, Mayor, City of Milpitas, 455 East Calaveras Boulevard, Milpitas, California 95035Nov. 27, 2000060344
Colorado: ArapahoeUnincorporated AreasNovember 29, 2000, December 6, 2000, Denver PostThe Honorable John Brackney, Chairman, Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners, 5334 South Prince Street, Littleton, Colorado 80166Nov. 3, 2000080011 Start Printed Page 10592
RogersCity of OwassoSept. 28, 2000, October 5, 2000, Owasso ReporterThe Honorable Mark Wilken, Mayor, City of Owasso, P.O. Box 180, Owasso, Oklahoma 74055-0180Sept. 8, 2000400210
TulsaCity of Broken ArrowOctober 24, 2000, October 31, 2000, Broken Arrow Daily LedgerThe Honorable James Reynolds, Mayor, City of Broken Arrow, P.O. Box 610, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74013Oct. 5, 2000400236
ClackamasUnincorporated AreasNovember 24, 2000, December 1, 2000, The OregonianThe Honorable Bill Kennemer, Chairman, Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, 906 Main Street, Oregon City, Oregon 97045Mar. 1, 2001415588
LincolnCity of NewportAugust 25, 2000, September 1, 2000, Newport News-TimesThe Honorable Mark Jones, Mayor, City of Newport, 1801 North Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon 97365Aug. 11, 2000410131
BexarCity of San AntonioDecember 7, 2000, December 14, 2000, San Antonio Express-NewsThe Honorable Howard W. Peak, Mayor, City of San Antonio, P.O. Box 839966, San Antonio, Texas 78283-3966Nov. 15, 2000480045
DallasCity of CarrolltonSeptember 29, 2000, October 6, 2000, Metrocrest NewsThe Honorable Mark Stokes, Mayor, City of Carrollton, P.O. Box 110535, Carrollton, Texas 75011-0535Jan. 4, 2001480167
TarrantCity of North Richland HillsMay 25, 2000, June 1, 2000, Star TelegramThe Honorable Charles Scoma, Mayor, City of North Richland Hills, P.O. Box 820609, North Richland Hills, Texas 76182-0609May 3, 2000480607
TarrantCity of North Richland HillsJune 20, 2000, June 27, 2000, Star TelegramThe Honorable Charles Scoma, Mayor, City of North Richland Hills, P.O. Box 820609, North Richland Hills, Texas 76182-0609May 24, 2000480607

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

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Margaret E. Lawless,

Acting Executive Associate Director for Mitigation.

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[FR Doc. 01-3920 Filed 2-15-01; 8:45 am]