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Changes in Flood Elevation Determinations

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AGENCY:

Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

ACTION:

Interim rule.

SUMMARY:

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.

DATES:

These modified BFEs are currently in effect on the dates listed in the table below and revise the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) in effect prior to this determination for the listed communities.

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 Mitigation Assistant Administrator of FEMA reconsider the changes. The modified BFEs may be changed during the 90-day period.

ADDRESSES:

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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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

William R. Blanton, Jr., Engineering Management Branch, Mitigation Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-3151.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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 on knowledge of changed conditions or 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 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 the other Federal, State, or regional entities. The changed BFEs are in accordance with 44 CFR 65.4.

National Environmental Policy Act. This interim rule is categorically excluded from the requirements of 44 CFR part 10, Environmental Consideration. An environmental impact assessment has not been prepared.

Regulatory Flexibility Act. As flood elevation determinations are not within the scope of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601-612, a regulatory flexibility analysis is not required.

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 13132, Federalism. This interim rule involves no policies that have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132, Federalism.

Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform. This interim rule meets the applicable standards of Executive Order 12988.

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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 countyLocation and case No.Date and name of newspaper where notice was publishedChief executive officer of communityEffective date of modificationCommunity No.
Alabama: TuscaloosaCity of Tuscaloosa (08-04-1080P)June 11, 2008; June 18, 2008; The Northport GazetteThe Honorable Walter Maddox, Mayor, City of Tuscaloosa, P.O. Box 2089, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403October 16, 2008010203
Arizona: PimaCity of Tucson (08-09-0001P)June 6, 2008; June 13, 2008; The Daily TerritorialThe Honorable Bob Walkup, Mayor, City of Tucson, P.O. Box 27210, Tucson, AZ 85726May 23, 2008040076
Colorado:
RouttUnincorporated areas of Routt County (08-08-0085P)June 8, 2008; June 15, 2008; Steamboat PilotThe Honorable Nancy Stahoviak, Chairperson, Routt County, Board of County Commissioners, P.O. Box 3598, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477May 30, 2008080156
RouttCity of Steamboat Springs (08-08-0085P)June 8, 2008; June 15, 2008; Steamboat PilotThe Honorable Paul Antonucci, City Council President, City of Steamboat Springs, P.O. Box 775088, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477May 30, 2008080159
Florida: OrangeUnincorporated areas of Orange County (05-04-1535P)June 5, 2008; June 12, 2008; Orlando WeeklyThe Honorable Richard T. Crotty, Mayor, Orange County, 201 South Rosalind Avenue, Fifth Floor, Orlando, FL 32801October 10, 2008120179
Illinois:
McHenryUnincorporated areas of McHenry County (08-05-1169P)June 12, 2008; June 19, 2008; Northwest HeraldThe Honorable Kenneth D. Koehler, Chairman, McHenry County Board, McHenry County Government Center, 2200 North Seminary Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60098October 17, 2008170732
McHenryCity of Woodstock (08-05-1169P)June 12, 2008; June 19, 2008; Northwest HeraldThe Honorable Brian Sager, Mayor, City of Woodstock, 121 West Calhoun Street, Woodstock, IL 60098October 17, 2008170488
Will CountyVillage of Frankfort (07-05-5331P)June 12, 2008; June 19, 2008; Daily SouthtownThe Honorable Jim Holland, Mayor, Village of Frankfort, 432 West Nebraska Street, Frankfort, IL 60423July 17, 2008170701
Will CountyUnincorporated areas of Will County (08-05-1175P)June 18, 2008; June 25, 2008; Herald NewsThe Honorable Lawrence M. Walsh, Will County Executive, 302 North Chicago Street, Joliet, IL 60432October 23, 2008170695
Indiana: AllenCity of Fort Wayne (08-05-1821P)June 13, 2008; June 20, 2008; The Journal GazetteThe Honorable Tom Henry, Mayor, City of Fort Wayne, One Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802June 3, 2008180003
Minnesota: St. LouisCity of Duluth (07-05-3554P)June 12, 2008; June 19, 2008; Duluth News TribuneThe Honorable Don Ness, Mayor, City of Duluth, 411 West First Street, Duluth, MN 55802October 17, 2008270421
North Carolina: OnslowCity of Jacksonville (08-04-0469P)June 13, 2008; June 20, 2008; The Daily NewsThe Honorable Sammy Phillips, Mayor, City of Jacksonville, P.O. Box 128, Jacksonville, NC 28541June 6, 2008370178
PennsylvaniaTownship of West Hanover (08-03-0651P)June 12, 2008; June 19, 2008; The Patriot NewsThe Honorable Larry Hartman, Chair, Board of Supervisors, West Hanover Township, 7171 Allentown Boulevard, Harrisburg, PA 17112October 17, 2008421600

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 97.022, “Flood Insurance.”)

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Dated: July 8, 2008.

Michael K. Buckley,

Deputy Assistant Administrator for Mitigation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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[FR Doc. E8-16550 Filed 7-18-08; 8:45 am]

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