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Suspension of Community Eligibility

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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 Adrienne L. Sheldon, PE, CFM, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 400 C Start Printed Page 42601Street SW, Washington, DC 20472, (202) 212-3966.

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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. 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 II
New Jersey:
Brigantine, City of, Atlantic County345286May 15, 1970, Emerg; June 18, 1971, Reg; August 28, 2018, SuspAugust 28, 2018August 28, 2018.
Buena, Borough of, Atlantic County340004January 17, 1975, Emerg; March 4, 1983, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Hamilton, Township of, Atlantic County340009November 26, 1971, Emerg; March 15, 1977, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Hammonton, Town of, Atlantic County340010July 7, 1975, Emerg; January 6, 1982, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Linwood, City of, Atlantic County340011March 27, 1974, Emerg; January 19, 1983, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Longport, Borough of, Atlantic County345302July 10, 1970, Emerg; June 18, 1971, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Margate City, City of, Atlantic County345304July 10, 1970, Emerg; June 19, 1971, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
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Weymouth, Township of, Atlantic County340536August 13, 1975, Emerg; August 10, 1979, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Region IV
North Carolina:
Belville, Town of, Brunswick County370545September 15, 2003, Emerg; June 2, 2006, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Holden Beach, Town of, Brunswick County375352March 19, 1971, Emerg; May 26, 1972, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Navassa, Town of, Brunswick County370593May 19, 2005, Emerg; June 2, 2006, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Shallotte, Town of, Brunswick County370388July 1, 1975, Emerg; January 3, 1986, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Varnamtown, Town of, Brunswick County370648N/A, Emerg; May 30, 2001, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Region V
Michigan:
Acme, Township of, Grand Traverse County260749March 3, 1986, Emerg; December 18, 1986, Reg; August 28, 2018, SuspAugust 28, 2018August 28, 2018.
Bingham, Township of, Leelanau County260772August 29, 1986, Emerg; September 18, 1987, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Cleveland, Township of, Leelanau County260302July 18, 1974, Emerg; September 1, 1986, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Elmwood, Township of, Leelanau County260113July 2, 1975, Emerg; February 2, 1983, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Empire, Township of, Leelanau County260765June 16, 1986, Emerg; September 4, 1986, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Empire, Village of, Leelanau County260605April 8, 1975, Emerg; November 15, 1985, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Garfield, Charter Township of, Grand Traverse County260753April 25, 1986, Emerg; December 18, 1986, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Glen Arbor, Township of, Leelanau County260604March 7, 1975, Emerg; September 1, 1986, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Leelanau, Township of, Leelanau County260114June 5, 1975, Emerg; April 2, 1986, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Leland, Township of, Leelanau County260760May 5, 1986, Emerg; March 18, 1987, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Northport, Village of, Leelanau County260580July 24, 1975, Emerg; March 2, 1989, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Paradise, Township of, Grand Traverse County260830December 20, 1990, Emerg; May 4, 1992, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Peninsula, Township of, Grand Traverse County260747March 3, 1986, Emerg; December 18, 1986, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Suttons Bay, Township of, Leelanau County260770July 21, 1986, Emerg; April 3, 1987, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Suttons Bay, Village of, Leelanau County260283September 17, 1973, Emerg; June 1, 1977, Reg; August 28, 2018, SuspAugust 28, 2018August 28, 2018.
Traverse City, City of, Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties260082August 8, 1975, Emerg; December 15, 1982, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Union, Township of, Grand Traverse County260805April 23, 1987, Emerg; September 30, 1988, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Whitewater, Township of, Grand Traverse County260794January 29, 1987, Emerg; September 30, 1988, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Region VI
Texas:
Brown County, Unincorporated Areas480717June 6, 1990, Emerg; March 1, 1991, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Brownwood, City of, Brown County480087June 20, 1975, Emerg; April 15, 1981, Reg; August 28, 2018, Susp......do  Do.
Early, City of, Brown County480088January 12, 1982, Emerg; July 1, 1987, Reg; August 28, 2018, SuspAugust 28, 2018August 28, 2018.
Code for reading third column: Emerg. — Emergency; Reg. — Regular; Susp — Suspension.
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Dated: August 9, 2018.

Katherine B. Fox,

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

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[FR Doc. 2018-18150 Filed 8-22-18; 8:45 am]

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