Final Public Notice
Currituck County 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: Currituck County
Project Title: 114936 -Two Bulkhead failures with 150 LF of boardwalk; PA-04-NC-4465-PW-00392
Location of Proposed Work:
Special Flood Hazard Area Zone:
This project is for the repairs to the Corova Beach Park bulkhead/boardwalk and Currituck County rural center (CCRC) bulkhead. All work is located in an AE zone (1% Annual Chance Flood Hazard). Confirmation of location in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) was determined by the Currituck County Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel Number: 3721902100K and 3720984800K, dated 12/21/2018.
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 an AE zone. The proposed work will 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:
Currituck County plans to remove and replace beams, joists, vinyl sheet pilings, posts, tie rods, native soil, and other various Corova Beach Park bulkhead and boardwalk components back to pre-disaster condition with in-kind materials.
The applicant also plans to remove and replace whalers, sheet piling, support posts, and other various Currituck County Rural Center (CCRC) bulkhead components back to pre-disaster condition with in-kind materials.
The bulkheads restored to pre-disaster conditions will keep the waves and water surge from eroding the shoreline and destroying the nearby infrastructure and access roads. The repairs will allow for a continuation of open space access for recreational purposes.
Alternative #1 (No action): The ‘no action’ alternative would ultimately result in a negative impact for Currituck County. If the damages were not repaired, then adverse economic and social impacts may occur as access to the area would deteriorate and become unsafe.
Alternative #2 (Relocation): Relocation of the boardwalk and bulkheads is not practicable. The damaged bulkheads and boardwalk are functionally dependent due to their location within the floodplain because they provide access to recreational areas for the community.
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-4465-NC-00392 11988 COMMENT].
All comments are due by no later than 30 days of the posted date of this notice.
POSTED ON: Friday, July 10, 2020