Public Comment Period for Proposed Building Elevations Through FEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency
In accordance with 44 CFR §9.8 for Executive Orders 11988 & 11990
Proposed Building Elevation
Township of Lumberton, Burlington County, NJ
Notification is hereby given to the public of the intent of the Department of Homeland Security- Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS-FEMA) to provide federal funding to the Township of Lumberton, as subrecipients for the proposed elevation of residential structures through the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant Program. The purpose of the FMA Grant Program is to reduce or eliminate claims under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This notification is given in accordance with Executive Order (EO) 11988 (Floodplain Management), Executive Order (EO) 11990 (Protection of Wetlands), Federal Coastal Zone Management Act, and 44 CFR Part 9, regulations for implementing EO 11988-11990.
The proposed mitigation project would elevate eight (8) residential structures along the Rancocas Creek in Lumberton. These structures occupy low-lying areas susceptible to repetitive flooding. All proposed impacted properties in Lumberton would be raised approximately 2 feet above the base flood elevation (BFE) for a 100 year flood, in accordance with local flood ordinances and the
FEMA-approved mitigation plan.
This action would take place within the 100-year floodplain. Alternatives considered include: 1) taking no action, 2) the proposed alternative, elevating the structures; or, 3) acquisition and demolition. FEMA has determined that elevating the structures is the most practicable alternative to ensure the residences and their occupants are out of harm’s way. FEMA has also determined that investment of funds to reduce flood risk is in the public interest. Potential impacts to water quality or aquatic habitat are anticipated to be temporary during construction and minimized through best management practices and conservation measures incorporated from resource agency recommendations and required regulatory permits.
Comments about this project, potential alternatives, and floodplain impacts may be submitted in writing within 15 days of the date of this publication to: U.S. Department of Homeland Security,
Federal Emergency Management Agency – Region II – Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation, Mitigation Division, One World Trade Center, Suite 53, New York, NY 10007 or via
email to FEMAR2COMMENT@fema.dhs.gov. If substantive comments are received, FEMA will evaluate and address the comments as part of the environmental documentation for this project.