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Changes in Flood Elevation Determinations

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Federal Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate, Department of Homeland Security.


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 Mitigation Division 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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Mary Jean Pajak, Acting Chief, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-2831.

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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 Start Printed Page 22617stringent 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 Mitigation Division Director of the Emergency Preparedness and Response 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 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.
Michigan: OaklandCity of NoviJanuary 9, 2003, January 16, 2003, Novi NewsThe Honorable Richard Clark, Mayor of the City of Novi, Civic Center, 45175 West Ten Mile Road, Novi, Michigan 48375-3024Dec. 31, 2002260175 C
New Jersey:
UnionTownship of Berkeley HeightsFebruary 2, 2003, February 10, 2003, The Courier-NewsThe Honorable David A. Cohen, Mayor of the Township of Berkeley Heights, 29 Park Avenue, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey 07922May 12, 2003340459 E
MiddlesexBorough of South PlainfieldFebruary 21, 2003, February 28, 2003, The ObserverThe Honorable Daniel Gallagher, Mayor of the Borough of South Plainfield, Municipal Building, 2480 Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield, New Jersey 07080May 30, 2003340279 B
North Carolina:
Swain, Jackson, Graham, Cherokee, and HaywoodEastern Band of Cherokee IndiansFebruary 12, 2003, February 19, 2003 Cherokee One FeatherThe Honorable Leon D. Jones, Principal Chief, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, P.O. Box 455, Cherokee, North Carolina 28719Feb. 3, 2003370401 B
WakeCity of RaleighJanuary 17, 2003, January 24, 2003, The News & ObserverThe Honorable Charles Meeker, Mayor of the City of Raleigh, P.O. Box 590, 222 West Hargett Street, Raleigh, North CarolinaJan. 30, 2003370243 E
Pennsylvania:BucksBorough of White OakFebruary 25, 2003, March 4, 2003, The Daily NewsMr. Wayne Washowich, Council President of the Borough of White Oak, 2280 Lincoln Way, White Oak, Pennsylvania 15313Feb. 13, 2003
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(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 83.100, “Flood Insurance.”)

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Dated: April 23, 2003.

Anthony S. Lowe,

Mitigation Division Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate.

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[FR Doc. 03-10488 Filed 4-28-03; 8:45 am]