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Changes in Flood Elevation Determinations

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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.

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 Start Printed Page 56738the 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.
California: San DiegoUnincorporated areas of San Diego County (08-09-0782P)August 18, 2008; August 25, 2008; San Diego Union-TribuneThe Honorable Greg Cox, Chairman, San Diego County Board of Supervisors, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 335, San Diego, CA 92101December 23, 2008060284
Colorado: El PasoCity of Colorado Springs (07-08-0958P)September 2, 2008; September 9, 2008; The GazetteThe Honorable Lionel Rivera, Mayor, City of Colorado Springs, P.O. Box 1575, Colorado Springs, CO 80901August 15, 2008080060
Iowa: DallasCity of Granger (08-07-0907P)August 21, 2008; August 28, 2008; Northeast Dallas RecordThe Honorable James Doyle, Mayor, City of Granger, 1906 Main Street, Granger, IA 50109July 31, 2008190104
Oklahoma: TulsaCity of Tulsa (08-06-1865P)July 31, 2008; August 7, 2008; Tulsa WorldThe Honorable Kathryn L. Taylor, Mayor, City of Tulsa, 200 Civic Center, Tulsa, OK 74103July 17, 2008405381
BrazosCity of Bryan (08-06-0692P)August 7, 2008; August 14, 2008; Bryan College Station EagleThe Honorable D. Mark Conlee, Mayor, City of Bryan, 300 South Texas Avenue, Bryan, TX 77803July 25, 2008480082
BrazosCity of College Station (08-06-1882P)July 31, 2008; August 7, 2008; Bryan College Station EagleThe Honorable Ben White, Mayor, City of College Station, 1101 Texas Avenue, College Station, TX 77840December 5, 2008480083
GuadalupeCity of Cibolo (08-06-0784P)August 20, 2008; August 27, 2008; Seguin Gazette-EnterpriseThe Honorable Jennifer Hartman, Mayor, City of Cibolo, P.O. Box 826, Cibolo, TX 78108-0826December 26, 2008480267
Palo Pinto and ParkerCity of Mineral Wells (08-06-2504P)September 2, 2008; September 9, 2008; Mineral Wells IndexThe Honorable Clarence Holliman, Mayor, City of Mineral Wells, 115 Southwest First Street, Mineral Wells, TX 76067January 7, 2009480517
Virginia: RoanokeUnincorporated areas of Roanoke County (08-03-0782P)August 15, 2008; August 22, 2008; The Roanoke TimesThe Honorable Richard Flora, Chairman, Roanoke County Board of Supervisors, P.O. Box 29800, Roanoke, VA 24018December 22, 2008510190

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

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Dated: September 19, 2008.

Michael K. Buckley,

Acting Assistant Administrator, Mitigation Directorate, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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[FR Doc. E8-22951 Filed 9-29-08; 8:45 am]