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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 Deputy Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administrator 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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Luis Rodriguez, Chief, Engineering Management Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Start Printed Page 20557Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-4064, or (e-mail)

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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 either to 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 other Federal, State, or regional entities. The changes in 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, 44 CFR part 65 is amended to read as follows:

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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.
McHenryUnincorporated areas of McHenry County, (10-05-4602P)Feb. 7, 2011, Feb. 14, 2011, The Northwest HeraldMr. Ken A. Koehler, Chairman, McHenry County Board, 2200 North Seminary Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60098June 14, 2011170732
Kansas: JohnsonCity of Overland Park (10-07-2077P)Jan. 5, 2011, Jan. 12, 2011, Sun PublicationsThe Honorable Carl Gerlach, Mayor, City of Overland Park, 8500 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS 66212May 12, 2011200174
Nebraska: DouglasCity of Omaha (10-07-2288P)Jan. 13, 2011, Jan. 20, 2011, The Daily RecordThe Honorable Jim Suttle, Mayor, City of Omaha, Omaha-Douglas Civic Center, 1819 Farnam Street, Suite 300, Omaha, NE 68183December 30, 2010315274
ButlerCity of Monroe (10-05-4421P)Feb. 3, 2011, Feb. 10, 2011, The Middletown JournalThe Honorable Robert E. Routson, Mayor, City of Monroe, 233 South Main Street, P.O. Box 330, Monroe, OH 45050January 24, 2011390042
FranklinUnincorporated areas of Franklin County (10-05-2538P)Jan. 24, 2011, Jan. 31, 2011, The Daily ReporterMr. John O'Grady, President, Franklin County, 373 South High Street, 26th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215May 31, 2011390167
Rhode Island: ProvidenceCity of Cranston (11-01-0960P)Feb. 3, 2011, Feb. 10, 2011, The Cranston HeraldThe Honorable Allan Fung, Mayor, City of Cranston, Cranston City Hall, 869 Park Avenue, Cranston, RI 02910January 21, 2011445396
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(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 97.022, “Flood Insurance.”)

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Dated: March 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. 2011-8854 Filed 4-12-11; 8:45 am]