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Changes in Flood Elevation Determinations

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AGENCY:

Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

ACTION:

Interim rule.

SUMMARY:

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.

DATES:

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.

ADDRESSES:

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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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 (email) Luis.Rodriguez3@fema.dhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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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PART 65—[AMENDED]

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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.
Arkansas:
BentonCity of Bella Vista (11-06-1141P)September 7, 2011; September 14, 2011; The Bella Vista Weekly VistaThe Honorable Frank E. Anderson, Mayor, City of Bella Vista, 406 Town Center Northeast, Bella Vista, AR 72714January 12, 2012050511
BentonCity of Bentonville (11-06-1914P)August 30, 2011; September 6, 2011; The Benton County Daily RecordThe Honorable Bob McCaslin, Mayor, City of Bentonville, 117 West Central Avenue, Bentonville, AR 72712January 4, 2012050012
BentonUnincorporated areas of Benton County (11-06-1914P)August 30, 2011; September 6, 2011; The Benton County Daily RecordThe Honorable Robert Clinard, Benton County Judge, 215 East Central Avenue, Bentonville, AR 72712January 4, 2012050419
New Jersey:
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BergenTownship of Mahwah (11-02-0617P)February 7, 2011; February 14, 2011; The RecordThe Honorable John DaPuzzo, Mayor, Township of Mahwah, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, NJ 07430June 14, 2011340049
BergenBorough of Ramsey (11-02-0617P)February 7, 2011; February 14, 2011; The RecordThe Honorable Christopher C. Botta, Mayor, Borough of Ramsey, 33 North Central Avenue, Ramsey, NJ 07446June 14, 2011340064
MiddlesexTownship of Cranbury (10-02-0830P)September 16, 2011; September 23, 2011; The Cranbury PressThe Honorable David J. Stout, Mayor, Township of Cranbury, 23-A North Main Street, Cranbury, NJ 08512December 8, 2010340258
New York: DutchessTown of East Fishkill (10-02-0092P)February 23, 2011; March 2, 2011; The Poughkeepsie JournalThe Honorable John J. Hickman, Jr., Supervisor, Town of East Fishkill, 330 State Route 376, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533August 16, 2011361336
Oklahoma:  OklahomaCity of Oklahoma City (10-06-1424P)September 13, 2011; September 20, 2011; The Journal RecordThe Honorable Mick Cornett, Mayor, City of Oklahoma City, 200 North Walker Avenue, 3rd Floor, Oklahoma City, OK 73102January 18, 2012405378
Pennsylvania: LycomingTownship of Muncy (10-03-0172P)February 23, 2011; March 2, 2011; The Williamsport Sun-GazetteThe Honorable Paul Wentzler, Chairman, Township of Muncy Board of Supervisors, 1922 Pond Road, Pennsdale, PA 17756June 30, 2011421847
Texas:
CollinCity of Wylie (11-06-0830P)August 24, 2011; August 31, 2011; The Wylie NewsThe Honorable Eric Hogue, Mayor, City of Wylie, 300 Country Club Road, Building 100, Wylie, TX 75098December 29, 2011480759
KendallCity of Boerne (10-06-3371P)August 12, 2011; August 19, 2011; The Boerne StarThe Honorable Mike Schultz, Mayor, City of Boerne, 402 East Blanco Road, Boerne, TX 78006December 19, 2011480418
KendallUnincorporated areas of Kendall County (10-06-3371P)August 12, 2011; August 19, 2011; The Boerne StarThe Honorable Gaylan Schroeder, Kendall County Judge, 201 East San Antonio Street, Suite 120, Boerne, TX 78006December 19, 2011480417

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

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Dated: November 18, 2011.

Sandra K. Knight,

Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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[FR Doc. 2011-31724 Filed 12-9-11; 8:45 am]

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