Draft Environmental Assessment Lone Star Flight Museum Relocation Project Harris and Galveston Counties, Texas October 2013

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Draft Environmental Assessment Lone Star Flight Museum Relocation Project Harris and Galveston Counties, Texas October 2013; On September 13, 2008, Hurricane Ike struck the Texas Gulf Coast, causing extensive damage. Subsequently, a Presidential Disaster Declaration, FEMA-1791-DR-TX, was signed for Hurricane Ike. The Lone Star Flight Museum (LSFM) in Galveston, Texas, was severely damaged by hurricane force winds, driving rain, and a 7-foot storm surge which flooded the complex. The LSFM is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) educational museum that displayed more than 40 historically significant aircraft and over 1,500 aviation museum collectibles prior to Hurricane Ike. The LSFM has been restored to its pre-disaster condition; however, the facility remains susceptible to future storm events and additional damage. As a result, the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame has requested Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding to relocate the LSFM complex out of the floodplain, to Ellington Field in Houston, Texas. This Draft EA has been prepared to analyze the potential consequences to the natural and human environment associated with the Proposed Action, the No Action Alternative, and other potential alternatives per the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 United States Code [USC] 55 parts 4321 et seq., 2000), the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) implementing regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 30 parts 1500 et seq., 2004), and 44 CFR Emergency Management and Assistance Ch. I Part 10.
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