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Environmental Assessment for Fire Station, LaBelle-Fannett Volunteer Fire Department, LaBelle, Texas

LaBelle-Fannett’s VFD provides fire and rescue emergency response services to a population of approximately 7,000 people in an area encompassing approximately 230 square miles in central Jefferson County. As a direct result of flooding from Hurricane Ike, the LaBelle-Fannett’s VFD station was severely damaged beyond repair. The purpose of the proposed action is to relocate and construct a new fire station so that the LaBelle-Fannett VFD can return to its pre-disaster function and continue to provide effective emergency response services. The previous fire station was located in the 100 year floodplain. The proposed new location would be located in an area outside of the base floodplain, have greater access to major streets and highways, and would allow the VFD to use the station for an emergency shelter during the next flooding event.