The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received a subgrant application for Chattooga County. Pursuant to Executive Order 11988 and 44 CFR Part 9.12, notice is hereby given of FEMA’s intent to provide funding for this project under the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant.
Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. - Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990 require FEMA to consider alternatives - and provide public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts on minority and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
President Biden issued new Executive Orders 13985 and 14008 in January 2021 to further address the need to achieve environmental justice and equity across the federal government. The issuance of the new executive orders more than 20 years after Executive Order 12898 was signed indicates the administration’s directive to federal agencies to renew their energy, effort, resources, and attention to environmental justice. FEMA is working with applicants/sub-applicants to identify communities with Environmental Justice concerns and provide an avenue for local groups and non-profits with an Environmental Justice mission to self-identify so that FEMA Programs can start to work with them on specific projects from the beginning of the application process.
This notice serves as a project‐specific notice for FEMA’s funding action located within a Special Flood Hazard Area. FEMA has determined the only practicable alternative is to fund the proposed acquisition and demolition of a residential property for open green space use. Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements, and conditions. This action complies with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements.
Responsible Entity: FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)
Applicant: Chattooga, County of
Project Title(s): EMA-2020-BR-001-0020 Chattooga County Property Acquisition Grant
Location of Proposed Work and Floodplain Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Panels:
Residential property located on W. Halls Valley Road due east of Highway 27 in Georgia.
FIRM Panel effective 9/26/2008. The site is located within a Zone A mapped floodplain. Site(s) are located within or adjacent to wetlands.
Proposed Work and Purpose: Acquire, demolish, and turn a single-family residential property located at 92 West Halls Valley Road, Trion, GA 30753 (built in 1938) into an open green space. Work will require asbestos testing and abatement, demolition and debris removal, and removal of both the 1,461 square foot house and 168 square foot out building including both structures’ foundations at a two-foot depth of ground disturbance. Furthermore, the gravel driveway will be cleared with a ten-inch depth disturbance, and utilizes will be capped off.
- Elevation of the house outside of the base flood elevation – Elevation of the house would require Relocating the facilities would require extensive work to the foundation of the structure resulting in substantial costs. Additionally, this alternative would not eliminate or minimize the flood waters surrounding the house and would still present a life safety issue for when rescue teams and first responders are trying to access the house.
- No action alternative – This alternative is not feasible as the residential property has experienced severe repetitive loss resulting in substantive damages. Additionally, due to the amount of flooding around the property, first responders are hindered to access the property without a swift water rescue team resulting in concern for life safety.
Comments: This will serve as both the initial and final public notice regarding the above‐described action funded by the FEMA BRIC program. Interested persons may submit comments, questions, or request a map of this specific project by writing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 4, 3005 Chamblee‐Tucker Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30341, or by emailing FEMA‐R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Comments should be sent in writing with the subject line “BRIC EMA-2020-BR-001-0020” at the above addresses within 30 days of the date of this notice.
THIS NOTICE MAY BE REMOVED FROM PUBLIC VIEW ON THE 30th DAY FROM ORIGINAL DATE OF POSTING
NOTICE WAS POSTED ON 14th DAY OF July 2022
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