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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 (BFEs) is appropriate because of new scientific or technical data. New flood insurance premium rates will be calculated from the modified BFEs for new buildings and their contents.


These modified BFEs 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 the listed communities.

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 Acting Administrator for Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration reconsider the changes. The modified BFEs may be changed during the 90-day period.


The modified BFEs 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, Hazards, Mapping and Risk Assessment Division, FEMA, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-3461 or (e-mail)

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The modified BFEs are not listed for each community in this interim rule. However, the address of the Chief Executive Officer of the community where the modified BFE 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 BFEs 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 BFEs, 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 BFEs 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 Acting Administrator for Federal Insurance Administration and Mitigation certifies that this rule is exempt from the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because modified BFEs 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: Start Printed Page 43095

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State and CountyLocationDates and name of newspaper where notice was publishedChief executive officer of communityEffective date of modificationCommunity number
MarionCity of IndianapolisJune 14, 2001, June 21, 2001, The Indianapolis StarThe Honorable Barthen Peterson, Mayor, City of Indianapolis, 200 East Washington Street, Suite 2501, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204September 21, 2001180159
HendricksTown of PlainfieldJune 7, 2001, June 14, 2001, The Hendricks County FlyerMr. Richard A. Carlucci, Town Manager, Town of Plainfield, 206 West Main Street, Plainfield, Indiana 46268September 14, 2001180089
JohnsonCity of LenexaJune 19, 2001, June 26, 2001, The Legal RecordThe Honorable Joan Bouman, Mayor, City of Lenexa, 12350 W. 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa, Kansas 66215May 31, 2001200168
JohnsonCity of ShawneeJune 21, 2001, June 28, 2001, The Journal HeraldThe Honorable Jim Allen, Mayor, City of Shawnee, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas 66203May 31, 2001200177
HarrisUnincorporated AreasMay 18, 2001, May 25, 2001, Houston ChronicleThe Honorable Robert Eckles, Harris County Judge, 1001 Preston Street, Suite 911, Houston, Texas 77002August 9, 2001480287
HidalgoCity of EdinburgMay 24, 2001, May 31, 2001, Edinburg Daily ReviewThe Honorable Joe Ochoa, Mayor, City of Edinburg, P.O. Box 1079, Edinburg, Texas 78540May 14, 2001480338
HidalgoUnicorporated AreasMay 24, 2001, May 31, 2001, The MonitorThe Honorable Jose Eloy Pulido, Hidalgo County Judge, P.O. Box 1356, Edinburg, Texas 78540May 17, 2001480334
TarrantCity of North Richland HillsJune 22, 2001, June 29, 2001, Fort Worth Star-TelegramThe Honorable Charles Scoma, Mayor, City of North Richland Hills, P.O. Box 820609, North Richland Hills, Texas 76182June 12, 2001480607

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

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Dated: August 10, 2001.

Robert F. Shea,

Acting Administrator, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration.

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[FR Doc. 01-20725 Filed 8-16-01; 8:45 am]