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Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.


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 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.


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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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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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. Start Printed Page 46810

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 changes 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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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: JeffersonCity of Birmingham (08-04-2759P)June 20, 2008; June 27, 2008; The Birmingham NewsThe Honorable Larry P. Langford, Mayor, City of Birmingham, 710 North 20th Street, Birmingham, AL 35203July 28, 2008010116
Colorado: AdamsCity of Thornton (08-08-0377P)June 5, 2008; June 12, 2008; Northglenn-Thornton SentinelThe Honorable Erik Hansen, Mayor, City of Thornton, 9500 Civic Center Drive, Thornton, CO 80229October 10, 2008080007
Connecticut: HartfordCity of Bristol (08-01-0505P)June 25, 2008; July 2, 2008; The Hartford CourantThe Honorable Arthur Ward, Mayor, City of Bristol, City Hall, 111 North Main Street, Bristol, CT 06010June 11, 2008090023
Florida: SeminoleCity of Winter Springs (08-04-4157P)June 18, 2008; June 25, 2008; Orlando SentinelThe Honorable John F. Bush, Mayor, City of Winter Springs, 21 Tarpon Circle, Winter Springs, FL 32708October 23, 2008120295
Hawaii: MauiUnincorporated areas of Maui County (07-09-1848P)February 21. 2008; February 28, 2008; Maui NewsThe Honorable Charmaine Tavares, Mayor, Maui County, 200 South High Street, Wailuku, HI 96793February 12, 2008150003
Idaho: MadisonUnincorporated areas of Madison County (08-10-0206P)July 3, 2008; July 10, 2008; Standard JournalThe Honorable Ralph Robison, Chairman, Madison County, Board of Commissioners, P.O. Box 389, Rexburg, ID 83440June 16, 2008160217
LakeUnincorporated areas of Lake County (08-05-1098P)June 5, 2008; June 12, 2008; Lake County News-SunThe Honorable Suzi Schmidt, Chair, Lake County Board, 18 North County Street, Room 1001, Waukegan, IL 60085October 10, 2008170357
LakeVillage of Lake Barrington (08-05-1098P)June 5, 2008; June 12, 2008; Lake County News-SunThe Honorable Kevin Richardson, President, Village of Lake Barrington, 23860 Old Barrington Road, Lake Barrington, IL 60010October 10, 2008170372
LakeVillage of North Barrington (08-05-1098P)June 5, 2008; June 12, 2008; Lake County News-SunThe Honorable Bruce J. Sauer, President, Village of North Barrington, 111 Old Barrington Road, North Barrington, IL 60010October 10, 2008170383
Minnesota: AnokaCity of Blaine (08-05-1446P)June 6, 2008; June 13, 2008; Blaine-Spring Lake Park LifeThe Honorable Thomas Ryan, Mayor, City of Blaine, 10801 Town Square Drive Northeast, Blaine, MN 55449October 13, 2008270007
St. Charles CountyUnincorporated areas of St. Charles County (08-07-0068P)June 25, 2008; July 2, 2008; St. Charles JournalThe Honorable Steve Ehlmann, County Executive, St. Charles County, St. Charles County Courthouse, 100 North Third Street, St. Charles, MO 63301October 30, 2008290315
St. Charles CountyCity of St. Peters (08-07-0068P)June 25, 2008; July 2, 2008; St. Charles JournalThe Honorable Len Pagano, Mayor, City of St. Peters, One St. Peters Centre Boulevard, St. Peters, MO 63376October 30, 2008290319
Montana: FlatheadUnincorporated areas of Flathead County (08-08-0430P)June 13, 2008; June 20, 2008; Daily Inter LakeThe Honorable Gary D. Hall, Chairman, Flathead County, Board of Commissioners, 800 South Main Street, Kalispell, MT 59901June 2, 2008300023
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Nevada: ClarkUnincorporated areas of Clark County (07-09-1612P)July 8, 2008; July 15, 2008; Las Vegas Review-JournalThe Honorable Rory Reid, Chair, Clark County Board of Commissioners, 500 South Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89106November 12, 2008320003
LackawannaCity of Scranton (07-03-0177P)April 28, 2008; May 5, 2008; The Scranton Times TribuneThe Honorable Christopher A. Doherty, Mayor, City of Scranton, 340 North Washington Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503September 2, 2008420538
LackawannaBorough of Taylor (07-03-0177P)April 28, 2008; May 5, 2008; The Scranton Times TribuneThe Honorable Richard Bowen, Mayor, Borough of Taylor, 122 Union Street, Taylor, PA 18517September 2, 2008420539
CoffeeCity of Tullahoma (07-04-5627P)May 14, 2008; May 21, 2008; The Tullahoma NewsThe Honorable Troy Bisby, Mayor, City of Tullahoma, 201 West Grundy Street, Tullahoma, TN 37388September 18, 2008470036
WilsonCity of Lebanon (08-04-1439P)May 28, 2008; June 4, 2008; The Wilson PostThe Honorable Robert Dedman, Mayor, Wilson County, 228 East Main Street, Room 104, Lebanon, TN 37087May 16, 2008270208
BexarCity of San Antonio (07-06-0823P)June 26, 2008; July 3, 2008; San Antonio Express NewsThe Honorable Phil Hardberger, Mayor, City of San Antonio, P.O. Box 839966, San Antonio, TX 78283October 31, 2008480045
CollinCity of McKinney (07-06-1407P)June 26, 2008; July 3, 2008; McKinney Courier GazetteThe Honorable Bill Whitfield, Mayor, City of McKinney, 222 North Tennessee Street, McKinney, TX 75069October 31, 2008480135
EllisCity of Waxahachie (08-06-0662P)May 28, 2008; June 4, 2008; Waxahachie Daily LightThe Honorable Joe Jenkins, Mayor, City of Waxahachie, P.O. Box 757, Waxahachie, TX 75165October 2, 2008480211
HarrisUnincorporated areas of Harris County (07-06-2077P)July 2, 2008; July 9, 2008; Houston ChronicleThe Honorable Ed Emmett, Harris County Judge, 1001 Preston Street, Suite 911, Houston, TX 77002October 30, 2008480287
TarrantCity of Fort Worth (07-06-2613P)May 30, 2008; June 6, 2008; Fort Worth Star-TelegramThe Honorable Michael J. Moncrief, Mayor, City of Fort Worth, 1000 Throckmorton Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102September 29, 2008480596
Virginia: Independent CityCity of Winchester (08-03-0801P)May 8, 2008; May 15, 2008; The Winchester StarThe Honorable Elizabeth Minor, Mayor, City of Winchester, 231 East Piccadilly Street, Suite 310, Winchester, VA 22601September 12, 2008510173
DodgeUnincorporated areas of Dodge County (07-05-4832P)June 19, 2008; June 26, 2008; Watertown Daily TimesThe Honorable Russell E. Kottke, Chairman, Dodge County, Board of Supervisors, 127 East Oak Street, Beaver Dam, WI 53039October 24, 2008550094
DodgeCity of Watertown (07-05-4832P)June 19, 2008; June 26, 2008; Watertown Daily TimesThe Honorable Ron Krueger, Mayor, City of Watertown, P.O. Box 477, Watertown, WI 53094October 24, 2008550107
OzaukeeUnincorporated areas of Ozaukee County (08-05-1362P)June 5, 2008; June 12, 2008; Ozaukee PressThe Honorable Robert Brooks, Chairman, Ozaukee County Board, P.O. Box 994, Port Washington, WI 53074-0994October 10, 2008550310

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

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Dated: July 25, 2008.

Edward L. Connor,

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

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[FR Doc. E8-18530 Filed 8-11-08; 8:45 am]