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Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA.


Final rule.


Modified base (1% annual chance) flood elevations are finalized for the communities listed below. These modified elevations will be used to calculate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and their contents.


The effective dates for these modified base flood elevations are indicated on the following table and revise the Flood Insurance Rate Map(s) (FIRMs) in effect for each listed community prior to this date.


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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Michael M. Grimm, Acting Chief, Hazard 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 Federal Emergency Management Agency makes the final determinations listed below of modified base flood elevations for each community listed. These modified elevations have been published in newspapers of local circulation and 90 days have elapsed since that publication. The Administrator has resolved any appeals resulting from this notification.

The modified base flood elevations are not listed for each community in this notice. However, this rule includes the address of the Chief Executive Officer of the community where the modified base flood elevation determinations are available for inspection.

The modifications are made pursuant to section 206 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.

These modified elevations are used to meet the floodplain management requirements of the NFIP and are also used to calculate the appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings built after these elevations are made final, and for the contents in these buildings.

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 NFIP. No regulatory flexibility analysis has been prepared.

Regulatory Classification. This final 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 1544

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State and CountyLocationDates and name of newspaper where notice was publishedChief Executive officer of communityEffective date of modificationCommunity number
Alabama: Lee—(FEMA Docket No. D-7525)City 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
Alabama: Jefferson—(FEMA Docket No. D-7525)Unincorporated AreasMay 17, 2002; May 22, 2002; The Birmingham NewsMr. Gary White, President of the Jefferson County, Commission Courthouse, Room 680A, 716 Richard Arrington Jr., Boulevard North, Birmingham, Alabama 35203August 21, 2002010217 E
Alabama: Mobile—(FEMA Docket No. D-7525)Unincorporated AreasApril 17, 2002; April 24, 2002; Mobile RegisterMr. Joe W. Ruffer,Director of Public Works, Mobile Government Plaza, 205 Government Street, Mobile, Alabama 36604-1600April 10, 2002015008 J
Connecticut: Fairfield—(FEMA Docket No. D-7527)City 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
Delaware: New Castle—(FEMA Docket No. D-7525)Unincorporated AreasMarch 25, 2002; April 1, 2002; The News JournalMr. Thomas P. Gordon, New Castle County Executive, Castle County Government Center, 87 Reads Way, New Castle, Delaware 19720July 1, 2002105085 D
Florida: Clay—(FEMA Docket No. D-7527)Unincorporated 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: Lee—(FEMA Docket No. D-7527)Unincorporated 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: Polk—(FEMA Docket No. D-7527)City 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: Polk—(FEMA Docket No. D-7527)Unincorporated 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
Georgia:Fulton—(FEMA Docket No. D-7525)City of AlpharettaMarch 28, 2002; April 4, 2002; The Revue & NewsThe Honorable Charles E. Martin, Mayor of the City of Alpharetta, City Hall, Two South Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia 30004March 21, 2002130084 D
Kentucky: Daviess—(FEMA Docket No. D-7527)City of OwensboroAugust 5, 2002; August 12, 2002; Messenger-InquirerThe Honorable Waymond O. Morris, Mayor of the City of Owensboro, P.O. Box 10003, Owensboro, Kentucky 42302-9003November 11, 2002210063 C
Maine: Penobscot—(FEMA Docket No. D-7527)City 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
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Maryland: Frederick—(FEMA Docket No. D-7527)Unincorporated AreasJuly 22, 2002; July 29, 2002; Frederick News PostMr. Ron Hart, Frederick County Manager, 12 East Church Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701240027 A
Michigan: Oakland—(FEMA Docket No. D-7527)City 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, 2002260175 C
Michigan: Macomb—(FEMA Docket No. D-7527)City 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: Lafayette—(FEMA Docket No. D-7527)City 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
North Carolina: Durham—(FEMA Docket No. D-7525)City of DurhamJune 4, 2002; June 11, 2002; The Herald-SunThe Honorable William V. Bell, Mayor of the City of Durham, 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, North Carolina 27701September 10, 2002370086 G
North Carolina: Durham—(FEMA Docket No. D-7525)Unincorporated AreasJune 4, 2002; June 11, 2002; The Herald-SunMr. Michael M. Ruffin, Durham County Manager, 200 East Main Street, 2nd Floor, Durham, North Carolina 27701September 10, 2002370085 G
North Carolina: Wake—(FEMA Docket No. D-7529)Town of Wake ForestMay 9, 2002; May 16, 2002; The Wake WeeklyThe Honorable George C. Mackie, Jr., Mayor of the Town of Wake Forest, 401 Elm Street, Wake Forest, North Carolina 27587May 2, 2002370244 E
Ohio: Franklin—(FEMA Docket No. D-7527)Unincorporated 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: Franklin—(FEMA Docket No. D-7529)City of Grove CityJune 5, 2002; June 12, 2002; Grove City RecordThe Honorable Cheryl Grossman, Mayor of the City of Grove City, 4035 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio 43123September 11, 2002390173 G
Ohio: Franklin—(FEMA Docket No. D-7527)Village 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: Chester—(FEMA Docket No. D-7523)Township 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
Pennsylvania: Montgomery—(FEMA Docket No. D-7525)Borough of EmsworthMay 29, 2002; June 5, 2002; The CitizenThe Honorable Keith Johnston, Mayor of the Borough of Emsworth, 171 Center Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15202September 4, 2002420034 D
Pennsylvania: Allegheny—(FEMA Docket No. D-7527)City 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
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Puerto Rico (FEMA Docket No. D-7525)CommonwealthMay 31, 2002; June 7, 2002; 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 00901September 6, 2002720000 E
Rhode Island: Washington—(FEMA Docket No. D-7527)Town 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: Fayette—(FEMA Docket No. D-7527)Unincorporated 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 Davison—(FEMA Docket No. D-7525)City 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: Augusta—(FEMA Docket No. D-7527)Unincorporated AreasMay 28, 2002; June 4, 2002; The Daily News RecordMr. Patrick J. Coffield, Augusta County Administrator, P.O. Box 590, Verona, Virginia 24482-0590September 3, 2002510013 B
Virginia: Henrico—(FEMA Docket No. D-7527)Unincorporated 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: Loudoun—(FEMA Docket No. D-7525)Unincorporated 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: Loudoun—(FEMA Docket No. D-7525)Unincorporated AreasMay 15, 2002; May 22, 2002; Loudoun Times MirrorMr. Kirby Bowers, Loudoun County Administrator, 1 Harrison Street, S.E., 5th Floor, P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, Virginia 20177-7000August 21, 2002510090 D
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(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 83.100, “Flood Insurance.”)

Dated: December 31, 2002.

Anthony S. Lowe,

Administrator, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration.

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[FR Doc. 03-607 Filed 1-10-03; 8:45 am]