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Changes in Flood Elevation Determinations

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AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Interim rule.

SUMMARY:

This interim rule lists communities where modification of the Base (1-percent-annual-chance) Flood Elevations (BFEs) is appropriate because of new scientific or technical data. New flood insurance premium rates will be calculated from the modified BFEs for new buildings and their contents.

DATES:

These modified BFEs are currently in effect on the dates listed in the table below and revise the Flood Insurance Rate Map(s) in effect prior to this determination for the listed communities.

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 for the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate reconsider the changes. The modified BFEs may be changed during the 90-day period.

ADDRESSES:

The modified BFEs 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 table below.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mary Jean Pajak, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The modified BFEs are not listed for each community in this interim rule. However, the address of the Chief Executive Officer of the community where the modified BFE determinations are available for inspection is provided.

Any request for reconsideration must be based on knowledge of changed conditions or 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 BFEs 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 BFEs, 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 BFEs 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 BFEs 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 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

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Accordingly,

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PART 65—[AMENDED]

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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.
Illinois:
Cook (Case No. 02-05-2981P)Village of Orland ParkJanuary 30, 2003, February 6, 2003, The Orland Township MessengerThe Honorable Daniel McLaughlin, Mayor, Village of Orland Park, Village Hall, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, Illinois 60462Jan. 15, 2003170140
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Cook (Case No. 02-05-1847P)Village of WheelingJanuary 16, 2003, January 23, 2003, The Wheeling CountrysideMr. Gregory Klatecki, President, Village of Wheeling, 255 West Dundee Road, Wheeling, Illinois 60090-4726Dec. 27, 2002170173
Indiana: Lake (Case No. 02-05-3647P)Town of ScherervilleJanuary 16, 2003, January 23, 2003, The TimesMr. Richard Krame, City Manager, Town of Schererville, 833 West Lincoln Highway, Suite B20W, Schererville, Indiana 46375Jan. 27, 2003180142
Kansas: Sedgwick (Case No. 02-07-250P)City of WichitaJanuary 6, 2003, January 13, 2003, The Wichita EagleThe Honorable Bob Knight, Mayor, City of Wichita, City Hall, 455 North Main, Wichita, Kansas 67202Dec. 6, 2002200328
Minnesota: Ramsey (Case No. 02-05-0197P)City of New BrightonJanuary 15, 2003, January 22, 2003, New Brighton-Mounds View BulletinThe Honorable Steve Larson, Mayor, City of New Brighton, 803 Old Highway 8 N.W., New Brighton, Minnesota 55112April 23, 2003270380
Missouri: St. Louis (Case No. 02-07-0172P)Unincorporated AreasJanuary 16, 2003, January 23, 2003, St. Louis Post DispatchMr. Buzz Westfall, County Executive, St. Louis County, 41 South Central Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63105April 24, 2003290327
New Mexico:
Bernalillo (Case No. 02-06-2143P)City of AlbuquerqueJanuary 24, 2003, January 31, 2003, Albuquerque JournalThe Honorable Martin Chavez, Mayor, City of Albuquerque, P.O. box 1293, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87103Jan. 8, 2003350002
Bernalillo (Case No. 02-06-2143P)Unincorporated AreasJanuary 24, 2003, January 31, 2003, Albuquerque JournalMr. Tim Cummins, Bernalillo County Commissioner, One Civic Plaza, N.W., Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102Jan. 8, 2003350001
Ohio:
Franklin (Case No. 02-05-3227P)Unincorporated AreasJanuary 9, 2003, January 16, 2003, The Columbus DispatchMr. Dewey R. Stokes, President, Franklin County, Board of Commissioners, 373 South High Street, 26th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-6304Jan. 14, 2003390167
Lorain (Case No. 02-05-1839P)City of North RidgevilleFebruary 19, 2003, February 26, 2003, The Chronicle TelegramThe Honorable Deanna Hill, Mayor, City of North Ridgeville, 7307 Avon Belden Road, North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039May 28, 2002390352
Oklahoma:
Tulsa (Case No. 01-06-839P)City of Broken ArrowJanuary 8, 2003, January 15, 2003, Broken Arrow LedgerThe Honorable James Reynolds, Mayor, City of Broken Arrow, 706 East Mason Drive, Broken Arrow, OK 74012April 16, 2003400236
Oklahoma (Case No. 02-06-1547P)City of Oklahoma CityJanuary 17, 2003, January 24, 2003, The Daily OklahomanThe Honorable Kirk Humphreys, Mayor, City of Oklahoma City, 200 North Walker, Suite 302, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102April 25, 2003405378
Oklahoma, Canadian, Cleveland, McClain, & Pottawatomie (Case No. 03-06-433P)City of Oklahoma CityJanuary 20, 2003, January 27, 2003, The Daily OklahomanThe Honorable Kirk Humphreys, Mayor, City of Oklahoma City, 200 North Walker, Suite 302, Oklahoma City, OK 73102Jan. 9, 2003405378
Rogers (Case No. 03-06-012P)Unincorporated AreasJanuary 9, 2003, January 16, 2003, The Claremore Daily ProgressMr. Gerry Payne, Chairman, Rogers County, Board of Commissioners, 219 South Missouri, Claremore, Oklahoma 74017Dec. 9, 2002405379
Wagoner (Case No. 03-06-012P)Unincorporated AreasJanuary 9, 2003, January 16, 2003, The Wagoner TribuneMr. Allan Farley, Chairman, Wagoner County, Board of Commissioners, 307 East Cherokee Street, Wagoner, Oklahoma 74467Dec. 9, 2002400215
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Texas:
Collin (Case No. 02-06-375P)City of AllenJanuary 10, 2003, January 17, 2003, The Allen AmericanThe Honorable Stephen Terrell, Mayor, City of Allen, One Allen Civic Plaza, Allen, Texas 75013April 18, 2003480131
Johnson (Case No. 02-06-2441P)City of Burle- sonJanuary 8, 2003, January 15, 2003, The Burleson StarThe Honorable Byron Black, Mayor, City of Burleson, 141 West Renfro, Burleson, Texas 76028April 16, 2003485459
Fort Bend (Case No. 02-06-376P)Unincorporated AreasJanuary 22, 2003, January 29, 2003, Fort Bend StarThe Honorable James C. Adolphus, Judge, Fort Bend County, 301 Jackson Street, Suite 719, Richmond, Texas 77469Dec. 31, 2002480228
Denton (Case No. 03-06-040P)City of Fort WorthJanuary 24, 2003, January 31, 2003, The Star TelegramThe Honorable Kenneth Barr, Mayor, City of Fort Worth, 1000 Throckmorton Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102May 2, 2003480596
Tarrant (Case No. 02-06-2441P)City of Fort WorthJanuary 8, 2003, January 15, 2003, The Star TelegramThe Honorable Kenneth Barr, Mayor, City of Fort Worth, 1000 Throckmorton Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102Jan. 13, 2003480596
Harris (Case No. 01-06-2046P)Unincorporated AreasJanuary 10, 2003, January 17, 2003, Houston ChronicleThe Honorable Robert Eckels, Judge, Harris County, 1001 Preston Street, Suite 911, Houston, Texas 77002April 18, 2003480287
Dallas (Case No. 02-06-2421P)Town of Highland ParkJanuary 22, 2003, January 29, 2003, Park Cities Morning NewsThe Honorable William White, Jr., Mayor, Town of Highland Park, Town Hall, 4700 Drexel Drive, Highland Park, Texas 75205Jan. 3, 2003480178
Bexar (Case No. 02-06-2307P)City of San AntonioJanuary 30, 2003, February 6, 2003, San Antonio Express NewsThe Honorable Ed Garza, Mayor, City of San Antonio, P.O. Box 839966, San Antonio, Texas 78283May 8, 2003480045
Bexar (Case No. 02-06-1838P)City of SelmaJanuary 23, 2003, January 30, 2003, The HeraldThe Honorable James Parma, Mayor, City of Selma, 9375 Corporate Drive, Selma, Texas 78154May 1, 2003480046
Tarrant (Case No. 02-06-2441P)Unincorporated AreasJanuary 8, 2003, January 15, 2003, The Star TelegramThe Honorable Tom Vandergriff, Judge, Tarrant County, 100 East Weatherford, Fort Worth, Texas 76196Jan. 13, 2003480582
Bexar (Case No. 02-06-1838P)City of Universal CityJanuary 23, 2003, January 30, 2003, The HeraldThe Honorable Wesley D. Becken, Mayor, City of Universal City, P.O. Box 3008, Universal City, Texas 78184May 1, 2003480049

(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. 03-10523 Filed 4-28-03; 8:45 am]

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