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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 https://www.fema.gov/​national-flood-insurance-program-community-status-book.

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 Patricia Suber, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 400 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-4149.

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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 Start Printed Page 22900U.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. FEMA has determined that the community suspension(s) included in this rule is a non-discretionary action and therefore the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) does not apply.

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:

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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 I
Connecticut:
Ansonia, City of, New Haven County090071November 2, 1974, Emerg; September 2, 1981, Reg; May 16, 2017, SuspMay 16, 2017May 16, 2017
Branford, Town of, New Haven County090073April 5, 1973, Emerg; December 15, 1977, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do*  Do.
Bristol, City of, Hartford County090023May 2, 1975, Emerg; November 18, 1981, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Cheshire, Town of, New Haven County090074March 13, 1975, Emerg; July 16, 1981, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Derby, City of, New Haven County090075February 4, 1972, Emerg; September 15, 1977, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
East Haven, Town of, New Haven County090076April 19, 1973, Emerg; February 1, 1978, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Guilford, Town of, New Haven County090077October 20, 1972, Emerg; May 1, 1978, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Hamden, Town of, New Haven County090078May 3, 1973, Emerg; June 15, 1979, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
New Britain, City of, Hartford County090032August 22, 1973, Emerg; July 16, 1981, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
New Haven, City of, New Haven County090084October 25, 1973, Emerg; July 16, 1980, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
North Haven, Town of, New Haven County090086July 13, 1973, Emerg; September 17, 1980, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Orange, Town of, New Haven County090087May 25, 1973, Emerg; March 18, 1980, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Prospect, Town of, New Haven County090151July 1, 1975, Emerg; February 4, 1977, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Southington, Town of, Hartford County090037July 3, 1975, Emerg; July 16, 1981, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Wallingford, Town of, New Haven County090090June 25, 1973, Emerg; September 15, 1978, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Woodbridge, Town of, New Haven County090153June 18, 1975, Emerg; March 16, 1981, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Region IV
Mississippi:
Charleston, City of, Tallahatchie County280169May 19, 1975, Emerg; August 4, 1987, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Crowder, City of, Panola and Quitman Counties280128August 6, 1975, Emerg; August 1, 1986, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
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Glendora, City of, Tallahatchie County280210April 9, 1974, Emerg; September 27, 1985, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Marks, City of, Quitman County280140March 4, 1974, Emerg; September 4, 1985, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Quitman County, Unincorporated Areas280207March 4, 1974, Emerg; September 4, 1985, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Sumner, Town of, Tallahatchie County280194January 28, 1974, Emerg; September 4, 1985, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Tutwiler, Town of, Tallahatchie County280197January 28, 1974, Emerg; September 1, 1986, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Webb, Town of, Tallahatchie County280213May 3, 1975, Emerg; August 1, 1986, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
South Carolina:
Chester County, Unincorporated Areas450047August 20, 1975, Emerg; July 5, 1982, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Lancaster, City of, Lancaster County450121December 7, 1973, Emerg; July 5, 1982, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Lancaster County, Unincorporated Areas450120July 3, 1975, Emerg; January 6, 1983, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Tega Cay, City of, York County450036N/A, Emerg; January 28, 2009, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
York County, Unincorporated Areas450193June 18, 1975, Emerg; November 4, 1981, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Region VII
Iowa:
Anita, City of, Cass County190048April 11, 1975, Emerg; June 17, 1986, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Cass County, Unincorporated Areas190852August 25, 1975, Emerg; September 1, 1986, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Fonda, City of, Pocahontas County190483May 26, 2010, Emerg; May 1, 2011, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Griswold, City of, Cass County190346October 26, 1976, Emerg; May 1, 1987, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Marne, City of, Cass County190348September 11, 2008, Emerg; January 6, 2011, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
Massena, City of, Cass County190349January 15, 2008, Emerg; January 6, 2011, Reg; May 16, 2017, Susp......do  Do.
*do = Ditto.
Code for reading third column: Emerg.—Emergency; Reg.—Regular; Susp.—Suspension.
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Dated: May 4, 2017.

Michael M. Grimm,

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

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[FR Doc. 2017-10161 Filed 5-18-17; 8:45 am]

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