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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 Executive Associate Director 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 Executive Associate Director, Mitigation Directorate, 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 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:

State and countyLocationDates and name of newspaper where notice was publishedChief executive officer of communityEffective date of modificationCommunity No.
Connecticut: FairfieldTown of GreenwichFebruary 11, 2002, February 18, 2002, Greenwich TimesMr. Richard Bergstresser, First Selectman for the Town of Greenwich, 101 Field Point Road, Greenwich, Connecticut 06830Feb. 4, 2002090008 C
Delaware: New CastleUnincorporated AreasMarch 25, 2002, April 1, 2002, The News JournalMr. Thomas P. Gordon, New Castle County Executive, New Castle County Government Center, 87 Reads Way, New Castle, Delaware 19720July 1, 2002105085 D
Illinois: KaneCity of GenevaMarch 6, 2002, March 13, 2002, Kane County ChronicleThe Honorable Kevin Burns, Mayor of the City of Geneva, 22 South First Street, Geneva, Illinois 60134June 12, 2002170325 B
DeKalbUnincorporated AreasFebruary 26, 2002, The Evening StarMs. Connie Miles, President of the County Commissioners, 100 South Main Street, Auburn, IndianaMar. 28, 200218044 B
HamiltonTown of WestifeldApril 12, 2002, April 19, 2002, The Daily LedgerMr. Michael McDonald, Town of Westfield Council President, 130 Penn Street, Westfield, Indiana 46074July 19, 2002180083 C
MontgomeryCity of RockvilleMarch 6, 2002, March 13, 2002, Rockville GazetteThe Honorable Larry Giammo, Mayor of the City of Rockville, Rockville City Hall, 111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 28050Feb. 22, 2002200051 B
HowardUnincorporated AreasDecember 13, 2001, December 20, 2001, The Howard County TimesMr. James N. Robey, Howard County Executive, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043Nov. 28, 2001240044 B
New York: QueensburyTown of QueensburyFebruary 13, 2002, February 20, 2002, The Post-StarMr. Dennis Brower, Supervisor for the Town of Queensbury, 742 Bay Road, Queensbury, New York 12804Aug. 6, 2002360879 B
Ohio: HamiltonUnincorporated AreasApril 12, 2002, April 19, 2002, The Cincinnati EnquirerMr. David J. Krings, Hamilton County Administrator, 138 East Court Street, Room 603, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202April 4, 2002390204 B
ChesterTownship of East BradfordApril 25, 2002, May 2, 2002, Daily Local NewsMr. John T. Jordan, Chairman of the Township of East Bradford Board of Supervisors, 666 Copeland School Road, West Chester, Pennsylvania 19380August 1, 2002420276 D
BucksTownship of HilltownApril 23, 2002, The IntelligencerMr. Ken Bennington, Chairman of the Township of Hilltown Board of Supervisors, 13 West Creamery Road, Hilltown, Pennsylvania 18297May 24, 2002420189 D
LehighTownship of SalisburyMarch 11, 2002, March 18, 2002, Morning CallMr. Gabriel Khalife, Manager of the Township of Salisbury, 2900 South Pike Avenue, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18103June 17, 2002450591 D
ChesterTownship of WillistownApril 17, 2002, April 24, 2002, Daily Local NewsMr. Robert T. Lang, Chairman of the Township of Willistown Board of Supervisors, 688 Sugartown Road, Malvern, Pennsylvania 19335April 1, 2002422282 D
Puerto RicoCommonwealthNovember 16, 2001, November 23, 2001, The San Juan StarThe Honorable Sila Maria Calderon, Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Office of the Governor, P.O. Box 9020082, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901Nov. 7, 2002720000 E
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Prince WilliamUnincorporated AreasApril 19, 2002, April 26, 2002, Potomac NewsMr. Craig Gerhart, Prince William County Executive, 1 County Complex Court, Prince William, Virginia 22192April 3, 2002510119 D
Prince WilliamUnincorporated AreasFebruary 7, 2002, February 14, 2002, Potomac NewsMr. Craig Gerhart, Prince William County Executive, 1 County Complex Court, Prince William, Virginia 22192May 16, 2002510119 D
FauquierTown of WarrentonMarch 21, 2002, March 28, 2002, Fauquier CitizenMr. John Anzivino, Warrenton Town Manager, Municipal Building, 18 Court Street, Warrenton, Virginia 20186Mar. 5, 2002510057 B

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

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Dated: May 15, 2002.

Robert F. Shea,

Acting Administrator, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration.

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[FR Doc. 02-12656 Filed 5-20-02; 8:45 am]