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Posted on: November 5, 2019

Final Public Notice


The City of Jacksonville has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) as a sub- recipient.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990, FEMA is required to consider alternatives, and to provide a public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.

Sub-Applicant: City of Jacksonville

Project Title: 85929 – Riverwalk Storm Drain; PA-04-NC-4393-PW-01978

Location of Proposed Work:

FacilityAddressLatitudeLongitudeDate of Construction
Riverwalk Storm Drain421 Court Street
Jacksonville, NC 28540

Special Flood Hazard Area Zone: 

This project is for the cleaning repairs of components of the Riverwalk Storm Drain system. All work is located in a Shaded X zone (or 0.2% Annual Chance Flood Hazard). Confirmation of location in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) was determined by the Onslow County Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel Number: 3720437600K, dated 6/16/2016. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of North Carolina and local floodplain regulations. There is a potential for the facility to be impacted by future flooding events due to its location within the shaded X zone. The proposed work will not take place in wetlands per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory and will have little potential to impact or affect wetland values.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The City of Jacksonville will use contracts to restore the River Park Storm Drainage System to its pre-disaster condition, by cleaning and unclogging drainage pipes beneath Riverwalk Park. The city will also fill sink holes that formed as a result of flooding scour in the park.  

Project Alternatives:

Alternative #1 (No action): The 'no action' alternative would ultimately have a negative impact on the City of Jacksonville. If the damage is not repaired, the drainage system will not function correctly and may result in additional flood damage upstream of the facility.

Alternative #2 (Relocation): The storm drainage system is dependent on being at a low point in the community. Relocation of drainage system components would impact effective drainage in the city and increase flood risk; therefore, relocation is not a practicable alternative. 

Comment Period:

Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies, and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to:

FEMA Internal 11988 Reviewer

FEMA Region 4

3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road

Atlanta, Georgia, 30341

Alternatively, comments may be emailed to: FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.govPlease send comments with the subject line [DR-4393-NC-01978 11988 COMMENT].

All comments are due by no later than 30 days of the posted date of this notice.

POSTED ON:   November 5, 2019

End of Notice

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