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Changes in Flood Elevation Determinations

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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 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 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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Doug Bellomo, P.E., FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-2903.

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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 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.
Alabama: MontgomeryCity of MontgomeryMay 28, 2003, June 4, 2003, Montgomery AdvertiserThe Honorable Bobby N. Bright, Mayor of the City of Montgomery, City Hall, P.O. Box 1111, Montgomery, Alabama 36101-1111August 5, 2003010174 G
Connecticut: TollandTown of CoventryJune 24, 2003, The ChronicleMr. John Elsesser, Manager of the Town of Coventry, Coventry Town Hall, 1712 Main Street, Coventry, Connecticut 06238September 25, 2003090110 C
Delaware: New CastleUnincorporated AreasJuly 3, 2003, July 10, 2003, The News JournalMr. Thomas P. Gordon, New Castle County Executive, New Castle County Government Center, 87 Reads Way, New Castle, Delaware 19720October 9, 2003105085 G&H
Florida: DadeCity of MiamiJuly 7, 2003, July 14, 2003, The Miami HeraldThe Honorable Manuel A. Diaz, Mayor of the City of Miami, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133July 26, 2003120650 J
Florida: Santa RosaUnincorporated AreasJune 4, 2003, June 11, 2003, The Press GazetteMr. Hunter Walker, Santa Rosa County Administrator, 6495 Caroline Street, Suite D, Milton, Florida 32570-4592May 28, 2003120274 C
Georgia: BryanUnincorporated AreasJune 19, 2003, June 26, 2003, Bryan County NewsMr. Brooks Warnell, Chairman of the Bryan County Board of Commissioners, P.O. Box 430, Pembroke, Georgia 31321September 25, 2003130016 A
Maine: CamdenTown of CamdenJune 26, 2003, July 3, 2003, The Camden HeraldMs. Roberta Smith, Camden Town Manager, P.O. Box 1207, Camden, Maine 04843June 18, 2003230074 B
Pennsylvania: ChesterTownship of East FallowfieldJuly 2, 2003, July 9, 2003, Daily Local NewsMr. Earl Emel, Chairman of the Township of East Fallowfield Board of Supervisors, 2264 Strasburg Road, East Fallowfield, Pennsylvania 19320June 25, 2003421479 D
Pennsylvania: LebanonTownship of North CornwallJune 13, 2003, June 20, 2003, Lebanon Daily NewsMs. Robin Getz, Lebanon County Planning and Zoning Department, 400 South Eight Street, Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17042September 19, 2003420576 C
South Carolina: RichlandUnincorporated AreasMay 20, 2003, May 27, 2003, The StateMr. T. Cary McSwain, Richland County Administrator, 2020 Hampton Street, P.O. Box 192, Columbia, South Carolina 29202May 12, 2003450170 H
South Carolina: RichlandUnincorporated AreasJune 5, 2003, June 12, 2003, The StateMr. T. Cary McSwain, Richland County Administrator, 2020 Hampton Street, P.O. Box 192, Columbia, South Carolina 29202May 29, 2003450170 H
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(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 83.100, “Flood Insurance”)

Dated: July 21, 2003.

Anthony S. Lowe,

Mitigation Division Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate.

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[FR Doc. 03-19243 Filed 7-28-03; 8:45 am]