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Proposed Flood Elevation Determinations

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AGENCY:

Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

ACTION:

Proposed rule.

SUMMARY:

Comments are requested on the proposed Base (1% annual-chance) Flood Elevations (BFEs) and proposed BFE modifications for the communities listed in the table below. The purpose of this proposed rule is to seek general information and comment regarding the proposed regulatory flood elevations for the reach described by the downstream and upstream locations in the table below. The BFEs and modified BFEs are a part of the floodplain management measures that the community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In addition, these elevations, once finalized, will be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents in those buildings.

DATES:

Comments are to be submitted on or before May 17, 2011.

ADDRESSES:

The corresponding preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for the proposed BFEs for each community is available for inspection at the community's map repository. The respective addresses are listed in the table below.

You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. FEMA-B-1182, to Luis Rodriguez, Chief, Engineering Management Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-4064, or (e-mail) luis.rodriguez1@dhs.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Luis Rodriguez, Chief, Engineering Management Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-4064, or (e-mail) luis.rodriguez1@dhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (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 BFEs 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 Start Printed Page 8985pursuant 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 also are used to calculate the appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings built after these elevations are made final, and for the contents in those buildings.

Comments on any aspect of the Flood Insurance Study and FIRM, other than the proposed BFEs, will be considered. A letter acknowledging receipt of any comments will not be sent.

National Environmental Policy Act. This proposed 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.

Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review. This proposed rule is not a significant regulatory action under the criteria of section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866, as amended.

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

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

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List of Subjects in 44 CFR Part 67

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Accordingly, 44 CFR part 67 is proposed to be amended as follows:

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PART 67—[AMENDED]

1. The authority citation for part 67 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 § 67.4 are proposed to be amended as follows:

Flooding source(s)Location of referenced elevation*** Elevation in feet (NGVD) + Elevation in feet (NAVD) # Depth in feet above ground ⁁ Elevation in feet (MLLW)Communities affected
EffectiveModified
City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska
Auke BayAt Smugglers Cove, approximately 640 feet southeast of the intersection of Fox Farm Trail and Fritz Cove RoadNone⁁25City and Borough of Juneau.
Approximately 550 feet northeast of the intersection of Point Louisa Road and Glacier Highway⁁25⁁27
At the Auke Bay ferry terminal⁁22⁁29
Duck CreekAt the downstream side of Radcliffe Road⁁20⁁23City and Borough of Juneau.
Approximately 350 feet upstream of Taku Boulevard⁁48⁁52
East Fork Duck CreekApproximately 150 feet downstream of Nancy Street⁁31⁁34City and Borough of Juneau.
Approximately 200 feet downstream of Trinity Drive⁁31⁁34
Fritz CoveAt the southern end of Mendenhall PeninsulaNone⁁23City and Borough of Juneau.
Approximately 870 feet south of the intersection of Fritz Cove Road and Fox Farm TrailNone⁁26
Gastineau Channel, Douglas Island SideAt the north end of Douglas Island, opposite the airportNone⁁23City and Borough of Juneau.
At the west end of Douglas Island, west of North Douglas RoadNone⁁25
At the Paris Creek confluence⁁26⁁25
At the eastern end of Juneau Island next to Douglas Marina⁁26⁁29
Gastineau Channel, Juneau SideApproximately 0.3 mile southeast of the intersection of Engineers Cutoff Road and Mendenhall Peninsula RoadNone⁁25City and Borough of Juneau.
Approximately 0.5 mile southwest of the intersection of Point Lena Loop Road and Towers Road⁁31⁁26
At the end of Thane Road, at the Little Sheep Creek confluenceNone⁁27
Approximately 0.55 mile southeast of the intersection of Mill Street and Thane RoadNone⁁28
Jordan CreekApproximately 1,080 feet downstream of Yandukin DriveNone⁁25City and Borough of Juneau.
Approximately 0.23 mile upstream of Egan Drive⁁30⁁31
Lemon CreekApproximately 0.27 mile downstream of Glacier HighwayNone⁁23City and Borough of Juneau.
Approximately 1.4 miles upstream of Glacier HighwayNone⁁106
Mendenhall RiverApproximately 1.14 miles downstream of Glacier HighwayNone⁁23City and Borough of Juneau.
At the upstream side of Mendenhall Loop Road⁁55⁁56
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Unnamed Tributary to Duck CreekAt the downstream side of El Camino StreetNone⁁42City and Borough of Juneau.
At the upstream side of Mendenhall Loop RoadNone⁁46
* National Geodetic Vertical Datum.
+ North American Vertical Datum.
# Depth in feet above ground.
⁁ Mean Lower Low Water.
** BFEs to be changed include the listed downstream and upstream BFEs, and include BFEs located on the stream reach between the referenced locations above. Please refer to the revised Flood Insurance Rate Map located at the community map repository (see below) for exact locations of all BFEs to be changed.
Send comments to Luis Rodriguez, Chief, Engineering Management Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472.
ADDRESSES
City and Borough of Juneau
Maps are available for inspection at 155 South Seward Street, Juneau, AK 99801.

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

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Dated: February 7, 2011.

Sandra K. Knight,

Deputy Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administrator, Mitigation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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[FR Doc. 2011-3508 Filed 2-15-11; 8:45 am]

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