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PA ID# 023-99023-00; Cameron Parish
PW ID# 3441; Johnson Bayou Fire Station
Citation: FEMA-1607-DR-LA, Cameron Parish, PW 3441
Cross - Environmental Compliance, Coastal High Hazard Areas
Summary: On September 4, 2005, high winds, flooding and debris generated by Hurricane Rita damaged the Johnson Bayou Fire Station. The building was inundated with seven feet of flood waters. As a result walls were saturated and flooring, cabinetry, doors, mechanical and electrical equipment and utility systems were damaged. In accordance with Response and Recovery Policy 9524.4, Eligibility of Facilities for Replacement under 44 CFR 206.226(d)(1) (The 50% Rule), FEMA determined that the facility was eligible for replacement rather than repair. FEMA prepared PW 3441 for $573,839 to replace the facility. The Applicant requested to relocate the facility to a new location that was determined to be in a V-Zone. In accordance with Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) §9.11(d)(1), Mitigation, which prohibits new construction in a V-Zone, FEMA denied the Applicant’s request. In order to resolve issues with several proposed projects, FEMA has reexamined proposed relocation sites in Cameron Parish. On July 13, 2010, FEMA determined that the Applicant’s proposed site for the Johnson Bayou Fire Station is not in a V-Zone.
Issue: Is the proposed site in a V-Zone or Coastal High Hazard Area?
Rationale: 44 CFR §9.11(d)(1), Mitigation; Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management