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Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment, Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury Floodwall Protection and Drainage Improvements, New Roads, LA, Project Number 1603-0249 (FEMA-1603-DR-LA), Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana (January 2017)

Hurricane Katrina, a Category 4 hurricane with a storm surge above normal high tide levels, moved across the Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida Gulf Coasts on August 24, 2005.  Maximum sustained winds at landfall were estimated at 140 miles per hour.  On August 29, 2005, President George W. Bush declared a major disaster for the State of Louisiana and signed a disaster declaration authorizing the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide federal assistance in designated areas of Louisiana (Hurricane Katrina, DR1603 -LA).  FEMA is administering this disaster assistance pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act), Public Law (PL) 93-288, as amended.  Section 404 of the Stafford Act authorizes FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Program (HMGP) to provide funds to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. Through the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), the applicant, Point Coupee Parish Police Jury, applied for funding under FEMA’s HMGP to reduce localized flooding during and after storm events within the area Pecan Acres. The hazard mitigation sites for the proposed floodwall and drainage improvements are for the Pecan Acres, Laurent, and Jackson Subdivisions, located in an unincorporated portion of the parish, north of and adjacent to the city of New Roads.  The central GPS coordinates for both the previously approved project and the proposed work are latitude, 30.7109 and longitude, -91.435.

This Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) is being prepared in accordance with the FEMA Instruction 108-1-1 and the DHS Instruction 023-01-001-01, pursuant to Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as implemented by the regulations promulgated by the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500-1508).  The SEA evaluates the potential impacts of the proposed action on the physical and human environment. This SEA supplements the existing Environmental Assessment (EA) dated March 2016.  Together, these documents evaluate the Hazard Mitigation proposal funding action and related potential impacts that would result from implementing the project. FEMA is also using the SEA to document compliance with other applicable federal laws and executive orders (E.O.), including the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), E.O. 11988 (Floodplains), E.O. 11990 (Wetlands), and E.O. 12898 (Environmental Justice). The results of this EA will be used to make a decision whether to initiate preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or to prepare a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

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Icon for file of type application/pdfFinal SEA w Appendices, January 2017

Final Supplemental Environmental Assessment with Appendices, January 2017

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Icon for file of type application/pdfFONSI, signed 1/20/2017

Signed Finding of No Significant Impact, January 2017

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Appendices for Draft SEA (Jan 2017)

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Icon for file of type application/pdfDraft Supplemental Environmental Assessment

Draft SEA, HM 1603-0249 (Jan 2017)

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