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AGENCY:

Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This rule identifies communities, where the sale of flood insurance has been authorized under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), that are scheduled for suspension on the effective dates listed within this rule because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. If the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) receives documentation that the community has adopted the required floodplain management measures prior to the effective suspension date given in this rule, the suspension will not occur and a notice of this will be provided by publication in the Federal Register on a subsequent date.

DATES:

Effective Dates: The effective date of each community's scheduled suspension is the third date (“Susp.”) listed in the third column of the following tables.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

If you want to determine whether a particular community was suspended on the suspension date or for further information, contact David Stearrett, Mitigation Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-2953.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The NFIP enables property owners to purchase flood insurance which is generally not otherwise available. In return, communities agree to adopt and administer local floodplain management aimed at protecting lives and new construction from future flooding. Section 1315 of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4022, prohibits flood insurance coverage as authorized under the NFIP, 42 U.S.C. 4001 et seq.; unless an appropriate public body adopts adequate floodplain management measures with effective enforcement measures. The communities listed in this document no longer meet that statutory requirement for compliance with program regulations, 44 CFR part 59. Accordingly, the communities will be suspended on the effective date in the third column. As of that date, flood insurance will no longer be available in the community. However, some of these communities may adopt and submit the required documentation of legally enforceable floodplain management measures after this rule is published but prior to the actual suspension date. These communities will not be suspended and will continue their eligibility for the sale of insurance. A notice withdrawing the suspension of the communities will be published in the Federal Register.

In addition, FEMA has identified the Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) in these communities by publishing a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). The date of the FIRM, if one has been published, is indicated in the fourth column of the table. No direct Federal financial assistance (except assistance pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act not in connection with a flood) may legally be provided for construction or acquisition of buildings in identified SFHAs for communities not participating in the NFIP and identified for more than a year, on FEMA's initial flood insurance map of the community as having flood-prone areas (section 202(a) of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4106(a), as amended). This prohibition against certain types of Federal assistance becomes effective for the communities listed on the date shown in the last column. The Administrator finds that notice and public comment under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are impracticable and unnecessary because communities listed in this final rule have been adequately notified.

Each community receives 6-month, 90-day, and 30-day notification letters addressed to the Chief Executive Officer stating that the community will be suspended unless the required floodplain management measures are met prior to the effective suspension date. Since these notifications were made, this final rule may take effect within less than 30 days.

National Environmental Policy Act. This rule is categorically excluded from the requirements of 44 CFR part 10, Environmental Considerations. No environmental impact assessment has been prepared.

Regulatory Flexibility Act. The Administrator has determined that this rule is exempt from the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4022, prohibits flood insurance coverage unless an appropriate public body adopts adequate floodplain management measures with effective enforcement measures. The communities listed no longer comply with the statutory requirements, and after the effective Start Printed Page 774date, flood insurance will no longer be available in the communities unless remedial action takes place.

Regulatory Classification. This final 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 rule involves no policies that have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132.

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

Paperwork Reduction Act. This rule does not involve any collection of information for purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.

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List of Subjects in 44 CFR Part 64

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Accordingly,

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PART 64—[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for part 64 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 § 64.6 are amended as follows:

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State and locationCommunity No.Effective date authorization/cancellation of sale of flood insurance in communityCurrent effective map dateDate certain Federal assistance no longer available in SFHAs
Region IV
North Carolina:
Bethania, Town of, Forsyth County370477—, Emerg; April 24, 2002, Reg; January 2, 2009, SuspJan. 2, 2009Jan. 2, 2009.
Clemmons, Village of, Forsyth County370531—, Emerg; June 27, 2000, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Forsyth County, Unincorporated Areas375349March 19, 1971, Emerg; September 1, 1972, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Kernersville, Town of, Forsyth County370319—, Emerg; June 27, 2000, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Rural Hall, Town of, Forsyth County370606—, Emerg; April 25, 2002, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Tobaccoville, Village of, Forsyth County370624—, Emerg; August 13, 2002, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Walkertown, Town of, Forsyth County370679—, Emerg; September 24, 2002, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Winston-Salem, City of, Forsyth County375360March 19, 1971, Emerg; August 31, 1973, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Tennessee:
Lawrence County, Unincorporated Areas470354—, Emerg; December 10, 1998, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Lawrenceburg, City of, Lawrence County475437January 7, 1972, Emerg; May 25, 1973, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Region V
Illinois:
Cortland, Town of, DeKalb County170181April 5, 1979, Emerg; November 30, 1979, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
DeKalb, City of, DeKalb County170182February 25, 1972, Emerg; September 29, 1978, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
DeKalb County, Unincorporated Areas170808May 14, 1974, Emerg; September 4, 1985, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Genoa, City of, DeKalb County170183October 31, 1975, Emerg; May 25, 1984, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Hinckley, Village of, DeKalb County170184July 26, 1988, Emerg; September 21, 2000, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Sandwich, City of, DeKalb County170188May 13, 1975, Emerg; February 27, 1984, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Shabbona, Village of, DeKalb County170189June 17, 1975, Emerg; September 1, 1986, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Wisconsin:
Belleville, Village of, Dane County550159July 15, 1975, Emerg; November 19, 1980, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Black Earth, Village of, Dane County550079August 7, 1975, Emerg; January 2, 1981, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Cottage Grove, Village of, Dane County550617July 11, 2000, Emerg; June 17, 2003, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
DeForest, Village of, Dane County550082April 16, 1975, Emerg; September 1, 1978, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Fitchburg, City of, Dane County550610—, Emerg; August 23, 2001, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Madison, City of, Dane County550083July 17, 1975, Emerg; September 30, 1980, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
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Marshall, Village of, Dane County550084July 15, 1975, Emerg; December 16, 1980, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Mazomanie, Village of, Dane County550085July 29, 1975, Emerg; December 1, 1981, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
McFarland, Village of, Dane County550086April 17, 1975, Emerg; June 15, 1978, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Monona, City of, Dane County550088March 25, 1975, Emerg; June 15, 1978, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Oregon, Village of, Dane County550089May 28, 1974, Emerg; September 30, 1980, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Stoughton, City of, Dane County550091April 15, 1975, Emerg; June 15, 1978, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Sun Prairie, City of, Dane County550573—, Emerg; December 11, 1995, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Verona, City of, Dane County550092June 24, 1975, Emerg; August 1, 1980, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Waunakee, Village of, Dane County550093May 29, 1975, Emerg; May 1, 1978, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Region VII
Kansas:
Redfield, City of, Bourbon County200025June 4, 1976, Emerg; August 1, 1986, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Nebraska:
Brady, Village of, Lincoln County310141September 15, 1975, Emerg; June 3, 1986, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Lincoln County, Unincorporated Areas310452February 28, 1983, Emerg; August 1, 1987, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Maxwell, Village of, Lincoln County310300August 26, 1977, Emerg; September 27, 1985, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
North Platte, City of, Lincoln County310143January 14, 1974, Emerg; November 1, 1979, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
Sutherland, Village of, Lincoln County310144February 5, 1975, Emerg; September 27, 1985, Reg; January 2, 2009, Susp......do  Do.
* do = Ditto.
Code for reading third column: Emerg—Emergency; Reg—Regular; Susp—Suspension.
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Dated: December 24, 2008.

Michael K. Buckley,

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

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[FR Doc. E9-75 Filed 1-7-09; 8:45 am]

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