Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate, Department of Homeland Security.
Technical information or comments are requested on the proposed Base (1% annual chance) Flood Elevations (BFEs) and proposed BFE modifications for the communities listed below. The BFEs 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 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.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Doug Bellomo, P.E., Hazard Identification Section, Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate, FEMA, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-2903.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
FEMA proposes to make determinations of BFEs and modified BFEs 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 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. 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 BFEs are required by the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4105, 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.Start List of Subjects Start Printed Page 56384
List of Subjects in 44 CFR Part 67End List of Subjects
Accordingly, 44 CFR part 67 is proposed to be amended as follows:Start Part
1. The authority citation for part 67 continues to read as follows:
2. The tables published under the authority of § 67.4 are proposed to be amended as follows:
|Source of flooding||Location||#Depth in feet above ground. *Elevation in feet (NGVD) •Elevation in feet (NAVD)||Communities affected|
|Catawba River||At the confluence with South Fork Catawba River||None||•571||Gaston County (Unincorporated Areas), City of Mount Holly.|
|At the downstream side of Mountain Island Dam||None||•582|
|Dutchmans Creek||At the confluence with the Catawba River||None||•580||Gaston County (Unincorporated Areas), City of Mount Holly.|
|A point approximately 0.52 mile upstream of the confluence with the Catawba River||None||•581|
|Fites Creek||At the confluence with the Catawba River||None||•577||Gaston County (Unincorporated Areas), City of Mount Holly.|
|A point approximately 35 feet downstream of Tuckageegee Road||None||•578|
|Kittys Branch||At the confluence with the Catawba River||None||•572||Gaston County (Unincorporated Areas).|
|A point approximately 100 feet downstream of CSX Transportation||None||•586|
|Nancy Hanks Branch||At the confluence with the Catawba River||None||•573||Gaston County (Unincorporated Areas).|
|A point approximately 120 feet upstream of CSX Transportation||None||•573|
|Stowe Branch||At the confluence with the Catawba River||None||•573||City of Belmont, Gaston County (Unincorporated Areas).|
|A point approximately 210 feet upstream of CSX Transportation||None||•573|
|City of Belmont|
|Maps available for inspection at the Belmont City Hall, 115 North Main Street, Belmont, North Carolina.|
|Send comments to The Honorable Billy W. Joye, Jr., Mayor of the City of Belmont, P.O. Box 431, Belmont, North Carolina 28012.|
|Gaston County (Unincorporated Areas)|
|Maps available for inspection at the Gaston County Planning/Code Enforcement Office, 212 West Main Street, Gastonia, North Carolina.|
|Send comments to Mr. Jan Winters, Gaston County Manager, 212 West Main Street, P.O. Box 1578, Gastonia, North Carolina 28053-1578.|
|City of Mount Holly|
|Maps available for inspection at the Mount Holly City Hall, 131 South Main Street, Mount Holly, North Carolina.|
|Send comments to The Honorable Robert Black, Mayor of the City of Mount Holly, P.O. Box 406, Mount Holly, North Carolina 28120.|
(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 83.100, “Flood Insurance”)
Dated: September 14, 2004.
David I. Maurstad,
Acting Director, Mitigation Division, Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate.
[FR Doc. 04-21156 Filed 9-20-04; 8:45 am]
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