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Changes in Flood Elevation Determinations

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AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Interim rule.

SUMMARY:

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.

DATES:

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.

ADDRESSES:

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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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Doug Bellomo, P.E., Hazard Identification Section, Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-2903.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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 Start Printed Page 60859regulatory 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 commuityEffective date of modificationCommunity number
Alabama: BaldwinUnincorporated AreasJuly 17, 2003; July 24, 2003; The Baldwin TimesMr. John Armstrong, Chairman of the Baldwin, County Commission, 312 Courthouse Square, Suite 12, Bay Minette, Alabama 36507July 9, 2003015000 K
Delaware: New CastleUnincorporated AreasJuly 24, 2003; July 31, 2003; The News JournalMr. Thomas P. Gordon, New Castle County Executive, New Castle County Government Center, 87 Reads Way, New Castle, Delaware 19720October 30, 2003105085 G
Florida: VolusiaCity of Daytona BeachJuly 16, 2003; July 23, 2003; Daytona Beach News-JournalThe Honorable Baron Asher, Mayor of the City of Daytona Beach, P.O. Box 2451, Daytona Beach, Florida 32115July 8, 2003125099 G
Florida: VolusiaCity of Holly HillJuly 16, 2003; July 23, 2003; Daytona Beach News-JournalThe Honorable William Arthur, Mayor of the City of Holly Hill, 1065 Ridgewood Avenue, Holly Hill, Florida 32117July 8, 2003125112 G, H
Florida: VolusiaUnincorporated AreasJuly 16, 2003; July 23, 2003; Daytona Beach News-JournalMs. Cynthia A. Coto, Volusia County Manager, 123 West Indiana Avenue, DeLand, Florida 32720-4612July 8, 2003125155 H
Vermont: Grand IsleTown of Grand IsleJuly 22, 2003; The IslanderMr. Art Goodrich, Chairman of the Town of Grand Isle Board of Selectmen, Grand Isle Town Hall, P.O. Box 49, Grand Isle, Vermont 05458August 22, 2003500223 B
Virginia: Prince WilliamUnincorporated AreasAugust 11, 2003; August 18, 2003; Potomac NewsMr. Craig Gerhart, Prince William County Executive, 1 County Complex Court, Prince William, Virginia 22192November 17, 2003510119 D

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

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Dated: October 15, 2003.

Anthony S. Lowe,

Mitigation Division Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate.

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[FR Doc. 03-26826 Filed 10-23-03; 8:45 am]

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