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Iredell Water Corporation 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: Iredell Water Corporation

Project Title: 188389 Water Mains – Bassett Road and Hwy 115; PA-04-NC-4588-PW-00025

Location of Proposed Work:

Facility Address Latitude Longitude Date of Construction
Water Pipe 200-346 Bassett Rd, Olin, NC 35.99731 -80.86658 1985
Water Pipe Highway 115 Crossing and S. Yadkin River 35.88390 -80.94625 1985

Special Flood Hazard Area Zone:

This project is to repair the water mains on Bassett Road and Highway 115 back to pre-disaster function within the existing footprint. Bassett Road is located in an AE and Floodway zones (1% Annual Chance Flood Hazard); Highway 115 is located in an AE zone. Confirmation of location in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) was determined by the Iredell County Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel Numbers: 3710484200J and 3710472800J dated 03/18/2008. 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 AE 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:

Iredell Water Corporation restored two water main pipes. To minimize future flood damages, repairs were made using best construction practices. The pipes were repaired via directional boring at a depth below the regulatory buffer in order to reduce the risk of similar future damages. These repairs will restore these facilities’ longevity and functionality for the welfare and use by the community.

Project Alternatives:

Alternative #1 (No action): The 'no action' alternative would ultimately result in the facilities being unsafe, an adverse social impact to Iredell County, as the facility provides a vital water services to the community.

Alternative #2 (Repair in Kind): Repairing in kind without minimization measures is not practicable as similar flood damages could occur in the future. If similar damages occur, it would cause adverse health impacts by disrupting water services to the community.

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.gov. Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4588-NC-00025 11988 COMMENT].

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

POSTED ON: August 2, 2021


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