The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Florida Division of Emergency Management have received the following application for Federal grant funding. Final notice is hereby given of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) consideration to provide funding in the form of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
Funds will be provided in accordance with Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Public Law 93-288, as amended.
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 to and to provide 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 or low-income populations.
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.
Applicant: City of Panama City
Project Title: HMGP-4399-162- Millville Wastewater Treatment Plant Generator
Location of Proposed Work: 1800 E. 3rd St, Panama City, FL 32401
Proposed Work and Purpose: The proposed project will install new generators to power the Millville Wastewater Treatment Plant during times of power loss. The generators will be installed outside of the Plant site, away from potential flood waters. An underground duct bank will also be installed to connect the generator to the main electrical transfer system.
Project Alternatives: The alternatives to the project that have been and will be considered are 1) the no action alternative and 2) Modification of the existing generator structure and elevation of the existing generator. These alternatives to the proposed project are not viable because under Alternative 1) the generator would still be vulnerable to flood impacts and Alternative 2) would not allow for ease of access during a high flood event.
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 the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Mitigation, 2555 Shumard Oak Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2100. These are due within 15 days of this notice (February 6,2021). The State will forward comments to applicable regulatory agencies as needed. Interested persons may submit comments, obtain more detailed information about the proposed action, or request a copy of the findings by contacting:
Disaster Recovery Manager, City of Panama City
State Lead Environmental Specialist, Florida Division of Emergency Management
January 5, 2021:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received the subgrant application for Panama City’s repairs due to damages from Hurricane Sally (DR-4564-FL PW-00002 PN-158345). Pursuant to Executive Order 11988 and 44 CFR Part 9.12, final notice is hereby given of FEMA’s intent to provide funding for this project under the Public Assistance (PA) Program.
An initial disaster-wide Public Notice was published October 21, 2020 for Hurricane Sally. Comments and other information received were fully evaluated by FEMA along with evaluation of social, economic, environmental, and safety considerations. This notice serves as a project-specific final notice for FEMA’s funding action located within the floodplain.
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. This action complies with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements.
Responsible Entity: FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program
Applicant: Panama City
Project Title(s): PA-04-FL-4564-PW-00002; PN-158345 - App Cert. Millville Wastewater Treatment Plant
Location of Proposed Work: 1800 E 3rd Street, Panama City, Florida 32401, (30.151960, -85.637700)
Floodplain: Project is located in the AE Zone, otherwise known as the area of 100-year flooding, per Bay County FIRM Panel #12005C0344H dated 6/2/2009.
Proposed Work and Purpose: Panama City replaced fill and sod eroded as a result of Hurricane Sally by installing approximately 40 cubic yards (CY) of flowable fill around and under sidewalks and the plant’s structural components, 60 CY of fill to bring effective area up to finish grade, and 303 CY of sod. Repairs were made to restore the facility back to its pre-disaster conditions.
Project Alternatives: FEMA has considered the no-action alternative and has found that it would not be feasible as the area will remain vulnerable to further property damage and hazards to human life and safety. The no-action alternative would potentially have adverse social, economic and public safety impacts within the community. Alternate locations were not considered as is it not cost-effective, practicable, nor feasible to consider relocation.
Comments: This will serve as the final public notice regarding the above-described action funded by the FEMA PA program. Interested persons may submit comments, questions, or request a map of this specific project by writing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 4, 3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30341 or by emailing FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Comments should be sent in writing with the subject line FL-4564-PW-00002, Panama City at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice.