Comments are requested on proposed flood hazard determinations, which may include additions or modifications of any Base Flood Elevation (BFE), base flood depth, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundary or zone designation, or regulatory floodway on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for the communities listed in the table below. The purpose of this notice is to seek general information and comment regarding the preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, the FIS report that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided to the affected communities. The FIRM and FIS report are the basis 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, the FIRM and FIS report, once effective, will be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents of those buildings.
Comments are to be submitted on or before October 29, 2012.
The Preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, the FIS report for each community are available for inspection at both the online location and the respective Community Map Repository address listed in the tables below. Additionally, the current effective FIRM and FIS report for each community are accessible online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov for comparison.
You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. FEMA-B-1259, to Luis Rodriguez, Chief, Engineering Management Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-4064, or (email) Luis.Rodriguez3@fema.dhs.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Luis Rodriguez, Chief, Engineering Management Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-4064, or (email) Luis.Rodriguez3@fema.dhs.gov; or visit the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) online at www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html.
FEMA proposes to make flood hazard determinations 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 flood hazard determinations, 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. These flood hazard determinations 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 the FIRM and FIS report become effective.
The communities affected by the flood hazard determinations are provided in the tables below. Any request for reconsideration of the revised flood hazard information shown on the Preliminary FIRM and FIS report that satisfies the data requirements outlined in 44 CFR 67.6(b) is considered an appeal. Comments unrelated to the flood hazard determinations also will be considered before the FIRM and FIS report become effective.
Use of a Scientific Resolution Panel (SRP) is available to communities in support of the appeal resolution process. SRPs are independent panels of experts in hydrology, hydraulics, and other pertinent sciences established to review conflicting scientific and technical data and provide recommendations for resolution. Use of the SRP only may be exercised after FEMA and local communities have been engaged in a collaborative consultation process for at least 60 days without a mutually acceptable resolution of an appeal. Additional information regarding the SRP process can be found online at www.fema.gov/pdf/media/factsheets/2010/srp_fs.pdf.
The watersheds and/or communities affected are listed in the tables below. The Preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, FIS report for each community are available for inspection at both the online location and the respective Community Map Repository address listed in the tables. Additionally, the current effective FIRM and FIS report for each community are accessible online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov for comparison.
|Community||Community map repository address|
|City of Dubuque, Iowa|
|Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.starr-team.com/starr/RegionalWorkspaces/RegionVII/DubuqueCountyIowa/Preliminary%20Maps/Forms/AllItems.aspx|
|City of Dubuque||City Hall, 50 West 13th Street, Dubuque, IA 52001.|
|Boyd County, Kentucky, and Incorporated Areas|
|Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.bakeraecom.com/index.php/kentucky/boyd/|
|City of Ashland||Department of Planning and Community Development, 1700 Greenup Avenue, Room 208, Ashland, KY 41101.|
|City of Catlettsburg||City Hall, 216 26th Street, Catlettsburg, KY 41129.|
|Unincorporated Areas of Boyd County||Boyd County Courthouse, 2800 Louisa Street. Catlettsburg, KY 41129.|
|Hampden County, Massachusetts (All Jurisdictions)|
|Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.starr-team.com/starr/RegionalWorkspaces/RegionI/HampdenCountyMA/Preliminary%20Maps/Forms/AllItems.aspx|
|City of Chicopee||City Hall Annex, 274 Front Street, 4th Floor, Chicopee, MA 01013.|
|Town of Blandford||Town Hall, 1 Russell Stage Road, Blandford, MA 01008.|
|Town of Granville||Town Hall, 707 Main Road, Granville, MA 01034.|
|Town of Montgomery||Town Hall, 161 Main Road, Montgomery, MA 01085.|
|Town of Russell||Town Hall, 65 Main Street, Russell, MA 01071.|
|Town of Tolland||Town Hall, 241 West Granville Road, Tolland, MA 01034.|
|Lee County, Texas, and Incorporated Areas|
|Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.riskmap6.com|
|City of Giddings||City Hall, 118 East Richmond Street, Giddings, TX 78942.|
|Town of Lexington||City Hall, 604 Wheatley Street, Lexington, TX 78947.|
|Unincorporated Areas of Lee County||Lee County Courthouse, 200 South Main Street, Room 107, Giddings, TX 78942.|
(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 97.022, “Flood Insurance.”)
Sandra K. Knight,
Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency.
[FR Doc. 2012-18531 Filed 7-27-12; 8:45 am]
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