Beaufort County Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA)
FINAL PUBLIC NOTICE
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) has received the following application for Federal grant funding. Notice is hereby given of FEMA’s consideration to provide funding in the form of a Hazard Mitigation 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. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990, FEMA is required to consider alternatives, and to provide a public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
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.
Beaufort County Elevation project; HMGP-4568 Hurricane Isaias
Location of Proposed Work:
The area affected by this project consists of the planned elevation of eight (8) residential structures located at the following; 600 block of East Main St, Belhaven, 900 block of East 7th St, Washington, 0-100 block of East River Acres Rd, Washington, 900 block of East Main St, Belhaven, 700 block of Foreman Ln, Belhaven, 600 block of East 2nd St, Washington, 200 block of Old Topping Tr, Belhaven and the 600 block of East Water St, Belhaven.
Proposed Work and Purpose:
This will be a voluntary elevation program. For all property owners who decide to participate in this voluntary program, the properties will be elevated utilizing HMGP grant funds. The properties will be deeded as open space in perpetuity and be allowed to revert to their natural state.
Alternative #1 (No action): The 'no action' alternative would continue to place these structures at a high risk of being affected by the floodplain. The subject properties would remain susceptible to any future flooding events. The damages and risk of potential loss of life would continue to be a threat if no action is taken.
Alternative #2 (Acquisition): Acquiring the subject structures would eliminate the risk of being impacted by future flooding events. However, the homeowners of these residential properties prefer elevation and reduction of their risk, so acquiring is considered a less preferable option.
Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies, and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to:
FEMA Internal 11988 Reviewer
FEMA Region 4
3005 Chamblee-Tucker Road
Atlanta, Georgia, 30341
Alternatively, comments may be emailed to Chris Newkirk.
Please send comments with the subject line [HMGP-4568 11988 COMMENT].
All comments are due by no later than 30 days of the posted date of this notice.
POSTED ON: October 12, 2021
End of Notice