DR-4307-NV Public Notice 001

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INITIAL PUBLIC NOTICE: Swan Lake Home Acquisition and Demolition Project/ Lemmon Valley Acquisition, Washoe County, Nevada │ HMGP 4307-02-2R


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) intends to provide federal financial assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to Washoe County, Nevada to acquire and demolish five residences within the 100-year floodplain of Swan Lake. The proposed action would mitigate impacts from repetitive flooding by demolishing the acquired properties and permanently dedicating the property to open space. Pursuant to Executive Order 11988 (Floodplain Management) and FEMA’s implementing regulations at Title 44 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 9, FEMA hereby provides interested parties with a notice of its intent to carry out an action affecting a floodplain.

The purpose of the proposed action is to eliminate future property damage and health and safety risks associated with persistent flooding of the Swan Lake closed basin. The proposed action consists of the acquisition and demolition of five existing residential properties.  The properties would be deed restricted to permanent open space. Demolition would include removal of house foundations/concrete slabs. The foundation areas would be filled and graded to level the ground surface. All disturbed areas will receive an application of approved native seed mix (hydroseed). Underground utilities would be disconnected and abandoned in place.

Four of the residential properties are in the 100-year floodplain as depicted on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Number 32031C2836G, effective March 16, 2009. This FIRM shows the properties lie within Zone AE, an area that has a l-percent probability of flooding every year and where predicted floodwater elevations have been established. The residence on Lemmon Drive is depicted on the FIRM Number 32031C2850G, effective March 16, 2009. This FIRM shows this property lies within Zone X, an area with minimal flood hazard.

Additional information about FEMA’s proposed action, including maps showing the potential impacts on floodplains, may be obtained by writing the FEMA Region IX Environmental Officer at FEMA, 1111 Broadway, Suite 1200, Oakland, California 94607; or fema-rix-ehp-documents@fema.dhs.gov; or calling (510) 627-7027. All requests should be received within 15 days after publication of this notice.

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