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AGENCY:

Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This rule identifies communities where the sale of flood insurance has been authorized under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that are scheduled for suspension on the effective dates listed within this rule because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. If the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) receives documentation that the community has adopted the required floodplain management measures prior to the effective suspension date given in this rule, the suspension will not occur and a notice of this will be provided by publication in the Federal Register on a subsequent date. Also, information identifying the current participation status of a community can be obtained from FEMA's Community Status Book (CSB). The CSB is available at http://www.fema.gov/​fema/​csb.shtm.

DATES:

Effective Dates: The effective date of each community's scheduled suspension is the third date (“Susp.”) listed in the third column of the following tables.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

If you want to determine whether a particular community was suspended on the suspension date or for further information, contact David Stearrett, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-2953.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The NFIP enables property owners to purchase Federal flood insurance that is not otherwise generally available from private insurers. In return, communities agree to adopt and administer local floodplain management measures aimed at protecting lives and new construction from future flooding. Section 1315 of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4022, prohibits the sale of NFIP flood insurance unless an appropriate public body adopts adequate floodplain management measures with effective enforcement measures. The communities listed in this document no longer meet that statutory requirement for compliance with program regulations, 44 CFR Part 59. Accordingly, the communities will be suspended on the effective date in the third column. As of that date, flood insurance will no longer be available in the community. We recognize that some of these communities may adopt and submit the required documentation of legally enforceable floodplain management measures after this rule is published but prior to the actual suspension date. These communities will not be suspended and will continue to be eligible for the sale of NFIP flood insurance. A notice withdrawing the suspension of such communities will be published in the Federal Register.

In addition, FEMA publishes a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) that identifies the Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) in these communities. The date of the FIRM, if one has been published, is indicated in the fourth column of the table. No direct Federal financial assistance (except assistance pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act not in connection with a flood) may be provided for construction or acquisition of buildings in identified SFHAs for communities not participating in the NFIP and identified for more than a year on FEMA's initial FIRM for the community as having flood-prone areas (section 202(a) of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4106(a), as amended). This prohibition against certain types of Federal assistance becomes effective for the communities listed on the date shown in the last column. The Administrator finds that notice and public comment procedures under 5 U.S.C. 553(b), are impracticable and unnecessary because communities listed in this final rule have been adequately notified.

Each community receives 6-month, 90-day, and 30-day notification letters addressed to the Chief Executive Officer stating that the community will be suspended unless the required floodplain management measures are met prior to the effective suspension date. Since these notifications were made, this final rule may take effect within less than 30 days.

National Environmental Policy Act. This rule is categorically excluded from the requirements of 44 CFR Part 10, Environmental Considerations. No environmental impact assessment has been prepared.

Regulatory Flexibility Act. The Administrator has determined that this rule is exempt from the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, as amended, Section 1315, 42 U.S.C. 4022, prohibits flood insurance coverage unless an appropriate public body adopts adequate floodplain management measures with effective enforcement measures. The communities listed no longer comply with the statutory requirements, and after the effective date, flood insurance will no longer be available in the communities unless remedial action takes place.

Regulatory Classification. This final 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 rule involves no policies that have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132.

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

Paperwork Reduction Act. This rule does not involve any collection of information for purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.

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List of Subjects in 44 CFR Part 64

  • Flood insurance
  • Floodplains
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Accordingly, 44 CFR Part 64 is amended as follows:

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PART 64—[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for Part 64 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 § 64.6 are amended as follows: Start Printed Page 10015

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State and locationCommunity No.Effective date authorization/cancellation of sale of flood insurance in communityCurrent effective map dateDate certain federal assistance no longer available in SFHAs
Region III
Maryland: Baltimore, City of, Independent City240087December 3, 1971, Emerg; March 15, 1978, Reg; April 2, 2014, SuspApril 2, 2014April 2, 2014.
Virginia:
Albemarle County, Unincorporated Areas510006May 9, 1973, Emerg; December 16, 1980, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Scottsville, Town of, Albemarle and Fluvanna Counties510007April 12, 1973, Emerg; September 5, 1979, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Region V
Wisconsin:
Columbia County, Unincorporated Areas550581July 31, 1975, Emerg; April 15, 1980, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Portage, City of, Columbia County550063June 11, 1974, Emerg; August 15, 1983, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Region VI
Texas:
Arcola, City of, Fort Bend County481619September 26, 1988, Emerg; September 26, 1988, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Brazos County, Unincorporated Areas481195January 13, 1986, Emerg; July 2, 1992, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Bryan, City of, Brazos County480082May 2, 1974, Emerg; May 19, 1981, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
College Station, City of, Brazos County480083August 16, 1974, Emerg; July 2, 1981, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Fairchilds, Village of, Fort Bend County481675N/A, Emerg; May 28, 1996, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
First Colony Levee Improvement District (L.I.D.), Fort Bend County481583December 9, 1982, Emerg; November 19, 1987, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Fort Bend County, Unincorporated Areas480228March 19, 1987, Emerg; March 19, 1987, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Fort Bend County L.I.D. #2, Fort Bend County481485June 27, 1977, Emerg; February 15, 1985, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Fort Bend County L.I.D. #7, Fort Bend County481594September 6, 1985, Emerg; August 5, 1986, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District (M.U.D.) #2, Fort Bend County481272June 25, 1976, Emerg; November 15, 1984, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Fort Bend County M.U.D. #23, Fort Bend County481590June 11, 1985, Emerg; August 5, 1986, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Fort Bend County M.U.D. #25, Fort Bend County481570May 29, 1981, Emerg; February 4, 1987, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Fort Bend County M.U.D. #34, Fort Bend County481520September 10, 1984, Emerg; August 5, 1986, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Fort Bend County M.U.D. #35, Fort Bend County481519July 20, 1984, Emerg; August 5, 1986, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Fort Bend County M.U.D. #41, Fort Bend County481591June 27, 1985, Emerg; August 5, 1986, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Fort Bend County M.U.D. #42, Fort Bend County481605May 11, 1987, Emerg; May 11, 1987, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Fulshear, City of, Fort Bend County481488April 3, 1981, Emerg; July 31, 1981, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Houston, City of, Fort Bend, Harris and Montgomery Counties480296September 14, 1973, Emerg; December 11, 1979, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Katy, City of, Fort Bend, Harris and Waller Counties480301February 13, 1975, Emerg; March 2, 1981, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Kendleton, City of, Fort Bend County481551N/A, Emerg; September 15, 2001, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Kingsbridge M.U.D., Fort Bend and Harris Counties481567July 21, 1980, Emerg; August 5, 1986, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Missouri City, City of, Fort Bend and Harris Counties480304August 29, 1973, Emerg; January 6, 1982, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Needville, City of, Fort Bend County480820February 8, 1980, Emerg; July 31, 1981, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Pearland, City of, Brazoria, Fort Bend and Harris Counties480077December 19, 1973, Emerg; July 5, 1984, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Pecan Grove M.U.D., Fort Bend County481486June 27, 1977, Emerg; August 4, 1987, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Pleak, Village of, Fort Bend County481615May 31, 1988, Emerg; May 31, 1988, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
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Richmond, City of, Fort Bend County480231March 31, 1975, Emerg; January 9, 1987, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Rosenberg, City of, Fort Bend County480232July 21, 1975, Emerg; December 4, 1984, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Simonton, City of, Fort Bend County481564March 4, 1980, Emerg; August 4, 1987, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Sugar Land, City of, Fort Bend County480234March 31, 1975, Emerg; November 4, 1981, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Thompsons, Town of, Fort Bend County481642January 29, 1992, Emerg; September 30, 1992, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
West Keegans Bayou Improvement District, Fort Bend and Harris Counties481602August 18, 1986, Emerg; August 18, 1986, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Weston Lakes, City of, Fort Bend County481197N/A, Emerg; April 28, 2009, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
Willow Fork Drainage District, Fort Bend and Harris Counties481603September 8, 1986, Emerg; September 8, 1986, Reg; April 2, 2014, Susp......do  Do.
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Code for reading third column: Emerg.—Emergency; Reg.—Regular; Susp.—Suspension.
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Dated: January 27, 2014.

David L. Miller,

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

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[FR Doc. 2014-03762 Filed 2-21-14; 8:45 am]

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