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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 Administrator 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 (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 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 Start Printed Page 57175qualified 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 Administrator, 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:

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State and countyLocationDates and name of newspaper where notice was publishedChief executive officer of communityEffective date of modificationCommunity No.
Alabama: LeeCity of AuburnAugust 1, 2002, August 8, 2002, Opelika-Auburn NewsThe Honorable Bill Ham, Jr., Mayor of the City of Auburn, 144 Tichenor Avenue, Auburn, Alabama 36830May 20, 2002010144 E
Connecticut: FairfieldCity of DanburyJune 6, 2002, June 13, 2002 The News-TimesThe Honorable Mark D. Boughton, Mayor of the City of Danbury, 155 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury, Connecticut 06810September 12, 2002090004 B
Florida: BrowardCity of ParklandJuly 8, 2002, July 15, 2002, Sun-SentinelThe Honorable Sal Pagliara, Mayor of the City of Parkland, 6600 University Drive, Parkland, Florida 33067July 1, 2002120051 F
Florida: BrowardUnincorporated AreasJuly 8, 2002, July 15, 2002, Sun-SentinelMr. Roger J. Desjarlais, Broward County Administrator, 115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 409, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301July 1, 2002125093 F
Florida: ClayUnincorporated AreasJuly 24, 2002, July 31, 2002, The Florida Times-UnionMr. Robert M. Wilson, Clay County Manager, P.O. Box 1366, Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043July 17, 2002120064 D
Florida: LeeUnincorporated AreasJune 28, 2002, July 5, 2002, News-PressMr. Robert Janes, Chairman of the Lee County, Board of Commissioners, P.O. Box 398, Fort Myers, Florida 33902-0398June 21, 2002125124 D&E
Florida: PolkCity of LakelandApril 3, 2002, April 10, 2002, The LedgerMr. Roger D. Haar, City Manager for the City of Lakeland, Lakeland City Hall, 228 South Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801-5086March 27, 2002120267 F
Florida: PolkUnincorporated AreasAugust 1, 2002, August 8, 2002, The LedgerMr. Jim W. Keene, Polk County Manager, 330 West Church Street, P.O. Box 9005, Drawer CA01, Bartow, Florida 33831-9005May 14, 2002120261 F
Illinois: LaSalleCity of OttawaJuly 3, 2002, July 10, 2002, The Daily TimesThe Honorable Robert Eschbach, Mayor of the City of Ottawa, City Hall, 301 West Madison Street, Ottawa, Illinois 61350July 25, 2002170405 E
Kentucky: DaviessCity of OwensboroAugust 5, 2002, August 12, 2002, Messenger-InquirerThe Honorable Waymond O. Morris, Mayor of the City of Owensboro, P.O. Box 1003, Owensboro, Kentucky 42303-9003November 11, 2002210063 C
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Maine: PenobscotCity of BrewerJune 4, 2002, June 11, 2002, Bangor Daily NewsThe Honorable Michael Celli, Mayor of the City of Brewer, City Hall, 80 North Main Street, Brewer, Maine 04412September 10, 2002230104 B
Maryland: FrederickUnincorporated AreasJuly 22, 2002, July 29, 2002, Frederick News PostMr. Ron Hart, Frederick County Manager, 12 East Church Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701240027 A
Michigan: OaklandCity of NoviJuly 4, 2002, July 11, 2002, Novi NewsThe Honorable Richard Clark, Mayor of the City of Novi, Civic Center, 45175 West Ten Mile Road, Novi, Michigan 48375-3024June 25, 200260175 C
Michigan: MacombCity of Sterling HeightsJune 9, 2002, June 16, 2002, The SourceThe Honorable Richard J. Notte, Mayor of the City of Sterling Heights, P.O. Box 8009, 40555 Utica Road, Sterling Heights, Michigan 48311-8009July 3, 2002260128 E
Mississippi: LafayetteCity of OxfordMay 22, 2002, May 29, 2002, Oxford EagleThe Honorable Richard Howorth, Mayor of the City of Oxford, City Hall, 107 Courthouse Square, Oxford, Mississippi 38655August 21, 2002280094 B
New York: SteubenTown of CampbellJune 28, 2002, July 5, 2002, The LeaderMr. Thomas O. Bosket, Supervisor of the Town of Campbell, 8529 Main Street, Campbell, New York 14821December 20, 2002360768 C
Ohio: FranklinUnincorporated AreasJune 5, 2002, June 12, 2002, Daily ReporterMs. Arline Shoemaker, President, Franklin County Board of Commissioners, 373 South High Street, 26th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215September 11, 2002390167 G
Ohio: FranklinVillage of UrbancrestJune 5, 2002, June 12, 2002, Grove City RecordThe Honorable Marlin R. West, Mayor of the Village of Urbancrest, 3357 Central Avenue, Urbancrest, Ohio 43123September 11, 2002390893 G
Pennsylvania: AlleghenyCity of PittsburghJuly 9, 2002, July 16, 2002, Pittsburgh Post GazetteThe Honorable Thomas Murphy, Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, 5th Floor, City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219October 15, 20024200063
Pennsylvania: BucksBorough of RichlandAugust 14, 2002, August 21, 2002, The IntelligencerMr. Steven Tamburri, Chairman of the Township of Richland, Board of Supervisors, Suite A, 1328 California Road, Quakertown, Pennsylvania 18951November 20, 2002421095 F
Rhode Island: WashingtonTown of WesterlyJune 19, 2002, June 26, 2002, The Westerly SunMr. Samuel Azzinaro, Westerly Town Council President, Westerly Town Hall, 45 Broad Street, Westerly, Rhode Island 02891June 12, 2002445410 E
Tennessee: FayetteUnincorporated AreasMay 22, 2002, May 29, 2002, The Fayette FalconThe Honorable Jim Voss, Mayor of Fayette County, P.O. Box 218, Somerville, Tennessee 38068August 28, 2002470352 B
Tennessee: Sumner and DavisonCity of GoodlettsvilleAugust 5, 2002, August 12, 2002, The TennesseanThe Honorable Bobby T. Jones, Mayor of the City of Goodlettsville, 105 South Main Street, Goodlettsville, Tennessee 37072November 22, 2002470287 F
Virginia: LoudounUnincorporated AreasJune 12, 2002, June 19, 2002, Loudoun Times MirrorMr. Kirby Bowers, Loudoun County Administrator, 1 Harrison Street, S.E., 5th Floor, P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, Virginia 20177-7000June 3, 2002510090 D
Virginia: HenricoUnincorporated AreasJuly 19, 2002, July 26, 2002, The Richmond TimesMr. James B. Donati, Jr., Chairman of the Henrico County, Board of Supervisors, P.O. Box 27032, Richmond, Virginia 23273October 25, 2002510077 B
Virginia: Prince WilliamTown of DumfriesAugust 9, 2002, August 16, 2002, Potomac NewsThe Honorable Melvin Bray, Mayor of the Town of Dumfries, P.O. Box 56, Dumfries, Virginia 22026July 31, 2002510120 D
Virginia: FauquierTown of WarrentonAugust 15, 2002, August 22, 2002, Fauquier CitizenMr. Kenneth L. McLawhon, Warrenton Town Manager, 18 Court Street, Warrenton, Virginia 20186July 16, 2002510057 B
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(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 83.100, “Flood Insurance.”)

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Dated: August 30, 2002.

Anthony S. Lowe,

Administrator, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration.

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[FR Doc. 02-22823 Filed 9-6-02; 8:45 am]