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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 and revise the Flood Insurance Rate Map(s) (FIRMs) 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 Acting Administrator for Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration 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, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-3461, or (email)

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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 upon 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 Acting Administrator for Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, 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 National Flood Insurance Program. 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 53113

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State and countyLocationDates and name of newspaper where notice was publishedChief executive officer of communityEffective date of modificationCommunity number
Florida: DuvalCity of JacksonvilleAugust 8, 2001; August 15, 2001; Financial News and Daily RecordThe Honorable John A. Delaney, Mayor of the City of Jacksonville, 117 West Duval Street, Suite 400, Jacksonville, Florida 32202August 1, 2001120077D&E
Georgia: GwinnettUnincorporated AreasAugust 23, 2001; August 30, 2001; Gwinnett Daily PostMr. Wayne Hill, Chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045November 29, 2001130322D
Kentucky: WhitleyCity of WilliamsburgAugust 17, 2001; August 24, 2001; Times TribuneThe Honorable Bill Nighbert, Mayor of the City of Williamsburg, P.O. Box 119, Williamsburg, Kentucky 40769August 10, 2001210228D
Maine: YorkTown of AlfredSeptember 27, 2001; October 4, 2001; The Sanford NewsMr. Perley Yeaton, Chairperson of the Board of Selectmen for the Town of Alfred, P.O. Box 667, Alfred, Maine 04001September 19, 2001230191C
Mississippi: MadisonCity of RidgelandMay 17, 2001; May 24, 2001; Madison County JournalThe Honorable Gene F. McGee, Mayor of the City of Ridgeland, P.O. Box 217, Ridgeland, Mississippi 39158May 10, 2001280110 D
North Carolina:
WakeTown of CaryAugust 2, 2001; August 9, 2001; The Cary NewsThe Honorable Glenn D. Lang, Mayor of the Town of Cary, 318 North Academy Street, P.O. Box 8005, Cary, North Carolina 27512July 26, 2001370238D
DareUnincorporated AreasAugust 23, 2001; August 30, 2001; Coastland TimesMr. Moncie L. Daniels, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, P.O. Box 1000, Manteo, North Carolina 27954August 16, 2001375348E
WakeTown of GarnerJuly 18, 2001; July 25, 2001; The News and ObserverMs. Mary Lou Rand, Town Manager, P.O. Box 446, 900 Seventh Avenue, Garner, North Carolina 27529July 11, 2001370240 D
GastonCity of GastoniaAugust 29, 2001; September 5, 2001; The Gaston GazetteMayor of the City of Gastonia, P.O. Box 1748, 181 South Street, Gastonia, North Carolina 28053-1748December 5, 2001370100D
WakeCity of RaleighJuly 18, 2001; July 25, 2001; The News and ObserverThe Honorable Paul Y. Coble, Mayor of the City of Raleigh, P.O. Box 590, 222 West Hargett Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27602July 11, 2001370243 D
WakeUnincorporated AreasJuly 18, 2001; July 25, 2001; The News and ObserverMr. David Cooke, Wake County Manager, Suite 1100, 337 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27602July 11, 2001370368 D
Ohio: WarrenCity of MasonSeptember 5, 2001; September 12, 2001; Pulse-JournalThe Honorable John McCurley, Mayor of the City of Mason, 202 West Main Street, Mason, Ohio 45040August 30, 2001390559C
South Carolina:
LexingtonCity of ColumbiaAugust 20, 2001; August 27, 2001; The StateThe Honorable Robert D. Cole, Mayor of the City of Columbia, P.O. Box 147, Columbia, South Carolina 29201August 13, 2001450172D
LexingtonUnincorporated AreasAugust 20, 2001; August 27, 2001; The StateMr. Bruce Rucker, Lexington County Council Chairman, 212 South Lake Drive, Lexington, South Carolina 29072August 13, 2001450129D
Tennessee: SullivanTown of KingsportAugust 23, 2001; August 30, 2001; Kingsport TimesThe Honorable Jeanette Blazier, Mayor of the City of Kingsport, 225 West Center Street, City Hall, Kingsport, Tennessee 37660-4237August 16, 2001470184D
Virginia: RockinghamUnincorporated AreasSeptember 21, 2001; Daily News RecordMr. Pablo Cuevas, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Rockingham County P.O. Box 1252 Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801October 12, 2001510133B
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(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 83.100, “Flood Insurance”)

Dated: October 9, 2001.

Robert F. Shea,

Acting Administrator, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration.

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[FR Doc. 01-26424 Filed 10-18-01; 8:45 am]