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Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations

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AGENCY:

Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

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 Start Printed Page 36221in 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.

DATES:

Comments are to be submitted on or before September 16, 2013.

ADDRESSES:

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-1322, 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.

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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.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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 http://floodsrp.org/​pdfs/​srp_​fact_​sheet.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.

I. Non-watershed-based studies:

CommunityCommunity map repository address
Calvert County, Maryland, and Incorporated Areas
Maps Available for Inspection Online at: www.rampp-team.com/​md.htm
City of North BeachCity Hall, 8916 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach, MD 20714.
Town of Chesapeake BeachTown Hall, 8200 Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732.
Unincorporated Areas of Calvert CountyCalvert County Planning Department, 150 Main Street, Suite 300, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.
St. Mary's County, Maryland, and Incorporated Areas
Maps Available for Inspection Online at: www.rampp-team.com/​md.htm
Town of LeonardtownTown Hall, 41660 Courthouse Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
Unincorporated Areas of St. Mary's CountySt. Mary's County Planning Department, 23150 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
Jefferson County, Texas, and Incorporated Areas
Maps Available for Inspection Online at: www.riskmap6.com/​Community.aspx?​cid=​372&​sid=​5
City of BeaumontCommunity Development Department, 801 Main Street, Suite 201, Beaumont, TX 77701.
City of Bevil OaksBevil Oaks City Hall, 7525 Sweetgum Road, Beaumont, TX 77713.
City of GrovesPublic Works Building, 4925 McKinley, Groves, TX 77619.
City of NederlandInspections Department, 1903 Atlanta Avenue, Nederland, TX 77627.
City of NomeCity Hall, 1586 2nd Street, Nome, TX 77629.
City of Port ArthurPlanning and Zoning Department, 444 4th Street, 3rd Floor, Port Arthur, TX 77640.
City of Port NechesPublic Works Department, 1005 Merriman Street, Port Neches, TX 77651.
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City of Taylor LandingTaylor Landing Building Permits Department, 324 North Memorial Freeway, Nederland, TX 77627.
Unincorporated Areas of Jefferson CountyJefferson County Courthouse, 1149 Pearl Street, 5th Floor, Beaumont, TX 77701.
Orange County, Texas, and Incorporated Areas
Maps Available for Inspection Online at: www.riskmap6.com/​Community.aspx?​cid=​430&​sid=​5
City of Bridge CityCity Hall, 260 Rachal Avenue, Bridge City, TX 77611.
City of OrangePlanning and Community Development Department, 303 8th Street, Orange, TX 77630.
City of Pine ForestPine Forest City Hall, 305 Nagel Drive, Vidor, TX 77662.
City of PinehurstPinehurst City Hall, 2497 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Orange, TX 77630.
City of Rose CitySecretary's Office, 370 South Rose City Drive, Rose City, TX 77662.
City of VidorPublic Works Department, 1395 North Main Street, Vidor, TX 77662.
City of West OrangeCity Hall, 2700 Western Avenue, West Orange, TX 77630.
Unincorporated Areas of Orange CountyOrange County Environmental Health and Code Compliance Department, 123 South 6th Street, Orange, TX 77630.

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

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Dated: June 3, 2013.

Roy E. Wright,

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

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[FR Doc. 2013-14285 Filed 6-14-13; 8:45 am]

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