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Proposed Flood Elevation Determinations

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


Proposed rule.


Technical information or comments are requested on the proposed base (1% annual chance) flood elevations and proposed base flood elevation modifications for the communities listed below. The base flood elevations are the basis for the floodplain management measures that the community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of being already in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).


The comment period is ninety (90) days following the second publication of this proposed rule in a newspaper of local circulation in each community.


The proposed 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 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA or Agency) proposes to make determinations of base flood elevations and modified base flood elevations for each community listed below, in accordance with Section 110 of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4104, and 44 CFR 67.4(a).

These proposed base flood and modified base flood 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 Start Printed Page 44517community may at any time enact stricter requirements of its own, or pursuant to policies established by other Federal, state or regional entities. These proposed 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.

National Environmental Policy Act. This proposed 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 proposed rule is exempt from the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because proposed or modified base flood elevations are required by the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4104, and are required to establish and maintain community eligibility in the NFIP. As a result, a regulatory flexibility analysis has not been prepared.

Regulatory Classification. This proposed 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 proposed rule involves no policies that have federalism implications under Executive Order 12612, Federalism, dated October 26, 1987.

Executive Order 12778, Civil Justice Reform. This proposed 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 67

  • Administrative practice and procedure
  • Flood insurance
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
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Accordingly, 44 CFR Part 67 is proposed to be amended as follows:

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1. The authority citation for Part 67 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 § 67.4 are proposed to be amended as follows:

StateCity/town/countySource of floodingLocation#Depth in feet above ground. *Elevation in feet (NGVD) • Elevation in feet (NAVD)
New JerseyGreenwich (Township), Warren CountyMerrill CreekApproximately 30 feet upstream of confluence with Pohatcong Creek*263*262
Approximately 150 feet downstream of North Main Street*336*337
Merrill Creek (Left Channel)At the downstream confluence with Merrill Creek*271*270
Approximately 35 feet downstream from upstream confluence with Merrill Creek*342*343
Maps available for inspection at the Greenwich Township Municipal Building, 321 Greenwich Street, Stewartsville, New Jersey.
Send comments to The Honorable Gregory Blaszka, Mayor of the Township of Greenwich, Municipal Building, 321 Greenwich Street, Stewartsville, New Jersey 08886.
New YorkVictor (Village) Ontario CountyGreat BrookAt the downstream corporate limitsNone*555
Approximately 1,150 feet upstream of CONRAILNone*585
Maps available for inspection at the Victor Village Office, 60 East Main Street, Victor, New York.
Send comments to The Honorable Thomas Walker, Mayor of the Village of Victor, 60 East Main Street, Victor, New York 14564.
WisconsinNew Richmond (City), St. Croix CountyPaper Jack CreekApproximately 650 feet downstream of abandoned railroadNone*960
Approximately 0.6 mile upstream of Bilmar AvenueNone*980
Willow RiverApproximately 0.4 mile downstream of State Highway 64None*950
Approximately 0.8 mile upstream of the Soo Line RailroadNone*979
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Maps available for inspection at the City of New Richmond Civic Center, 156 East First Street, New Richmond, Wisconsin.
Send comments to The Honorable David Schnitzler, Mayor of the City of New Richmond, 156 East First Street, New Richmond, Wisconsin 54017.

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 83.100, “Flood Insurance”)

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Dated: July 21, 2003.

Anthony S. Lowe,

Mitigation Division Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate.

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[FR Doc. 03-19249 Filed 7-28-03; 8:45 am]