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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 (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.


These modified BFEs 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 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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Doug Bellomo, P.E., Hazard Identification Section, Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-2903.

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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 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 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 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 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

  • 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 shown below: Start Printed Page 31027

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State and countyLocationDates and name of newspaper where notice was publishedChief executive officer of communityEffective date of modificationCommunity No.
HoustonCity of DothanMar. 4, 2004, Mar. 11, 2004, The Dothan EagleThe Honorable Chester L. Sowell, III, Mayor of the City of Dothan, P.O. Box 2128, Dothan, Alabama 36302June 10, 2004010104 E
ColbertCity of Muscle Shoals.Mar. 24, 2004, Mar. 31, 2004, Times DailyThe Honorable David H. Bradford, Mayor of the City of Muscle Shoals, P.O. Box 2624, Muscle Shoals, Alabama 35662Apr. 17, 2004010047 C
TuscaloosaCity of TuscaloosaMar. 24, 2004, Mar. 31, 2004, The Tuscaloosa NewsThe Honorable Alvin P. Dupont, Mayor of the City of Tuscaloosa, P.O. Box 2089, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35403June 30, 2004010203 E
Delaware: New CastleUnincorporated AreasApr. 2, 2004, April 9, 2004, The News JournalMr. Thomas P. Gordon, New Castle County Executive, New Castle County Government Center, 87 Reads Way, New Castle, Delaware 19720July 9, 2004105085 G
Charlotte AUnincorporated AreasApr. 7, 2004, April 14, 2004, Sun HeraldMr. Bruce D. Loucks, Charlotte County Administrator, 18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte, Florida 33948Mar. 30, 2004120061 F
HillsboroughUnincorporated AreasApr. 14, 2004, April 21, 2004 Tampa TribuneMs. Patricia G. Bean, Hillsborough County Administrator, County Center, 26th Floor, 601 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33602Apr. 5, 2004120112 C
DadeCity of MiamiMar. 5, 2004, March 12, 2004, Miami HeraldThe Honorable Manuel A. Diaz, Mayor of the City of Miami, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133Feb. 27, 2004120650 J
OrangeUnincorporated AreasApr. 7, 2004, Apr. 14, 2002 Orlando SentinelMr. Krishnamurthy, Ph.D. P.E., Orange County Stormwater, Management Manager, 4200 South John Young Parkway, Orlando, Florida 32839July 14, 2004120179 E
BrowardCity of ParklandMar. 8, 2004 March 15, 2004 The Sun-SentinelThe Nonorable Bob Marks, Mayor of the City of Parkland, 6600 University Drive, Parkland, Florida 33067Mar. 1, 2004120051 F
JacksonUnincorporated AreasApr. 14, 2003, Apr. 21, 2004, The Jackson HeraldMr. Al Crace, Jackson, County Manager, 67 Athens Street Jefferson, Georgia 30549Apr. 1, 2004130345 A
ChathamCity of SavannahApr. 6, 2004, Apr. 13, 2004 Savannah, GeorgiaThe Honorable Floyd Adams, Jr. Mayor of the City of Savannah, P.O. Box 1027, Savannah, Georgia 31402Mar. 30, 2004135163 C
New Jersey: HudsonTownship of North BergenMar. 31, 2004, Apr. 7, 2004, The Jersey JournalThe Honorable Nicholas J. Sacco, Mayor of the Township of North Bergen, 4233 Kennedy Boulevard, North Bergen, New Jersey 07047Mar. 23, 2004340225 C
North Carolina: OrangeUnincorporated AreasJan. 28, 2004, Feb. 4, 2004, Chapel Hill HeraldMr. John M. Link, Jr., Orange County Manager, P.O. Box 8181, 200 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278May 4, 2004370342 B
South Carolina:
YorkCity of Rock Hill.Mar. 24, 2004, Mar. 31, 2004, The HeraldThe Honorable Doug Echols, Mayor of the City of Rock Hill, P.O. Box 11706, Rock Hill, South Carolina 29731June 30, 2004450196 C
YorkUnincorporated AreasMar. 24, 2004, Mar. 31, 2004, The HeraldMr. Alfred W. Green, York County Manager, P.O. Box 66, York, South Carolina 29745-0066June 30, 2004450193 C
FayetteUnincorporated AreasMar. 3, 2004, Mar. 10, 2004, The Fayette FalconThe Honorable Rhea Taylor, Mayor of Fayette County, P.O. Box 218, Aomerville, Tennessee 38068Nov. 21, 2003.470352 B
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ShelbyCity of Memphis.Feb. 24, 2004, Mar. 2, 2004, The Commercial AppealThe Honorable Willie W. Herenton, Ph.D., Mayor of the City of Memphis 125 North Main Street, Suite 700, Memphis, Tennessee 38103June 1, 2004470177 E
Nashville and DavidsonMetropolitan GovernmentJan. 26, 2004, Feb. 2, 2004, The TennesseanThe Honorable Bill Purcell, Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, 225 Polk Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37202.Feb. 16, 2004470040 F
HenricoUnincorporated AreasApr. 20, 2004, Apr. 27, 2004, The Richmond TimesMs. Patricia S. O'Bannon, Chairman of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors, P.O. Box 27032, Richmond, Virginia 23273Apr. 12, 2004510077 B
LoudounUnincorporated AreasMar. 10, 2004, Mar. 17, 2004, Loudoun Times MirrorMr. Kirby Bowers, Loudoun County Administrator, 1 Harrison Street., S.E., 5th Floor, P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, Virginia 20177-7000June 16, 2004510090 D
NorfolkIndependent CityApr. 5, 2004, Apr. 12, 2004, The Virginia-PilotThe Honorable Paul D. Fraim, Mayor of the City of Norfolk, 1109 City Hall Building 810 Union Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510Mar. 29, 2004510104 E
Prince WilliamUnincorporated AreasMar. 17, 2004, Mar. 24, 2004, Potomac NewsMr. Craig Gerhart, Prince William County Executive, 1 County Complex Court, Prince William, Virginia 22192June 23, 2004510119 D
Independent CityCity of WinchesterMar. 15, 2004, Mar. 22, 2005, Winchester StarMr. Edward C. Daley, City of Winchester Manager, Rouss City Hall, 15 North Cameron Street, Winchester, Virginia 22601Mar. 4, 200451073 B

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

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Dated: May 26, 2004.

Anthony S. Lowe,

Mitigation Division Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate.

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[FR Doc. 04-12373 Filed 6-1-04; 8:45 am]