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DR-4394-SC FEMA Hurricane Lift Stations Final Public Notice

July 24, 2019


Grand Strand Water & Sewer has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through the South Carolina Emergency Management Department (SCEMD) as a sub-applicant.

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 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: Grand Strand Water & Sewer 

Project Title: Sanitary Lift Station

Location of Proposed Work: Fifteen Locations (33.694128, -78.958522), (33.673403,-79.107671), (33.7397287, -79.025965), (33.93166, -78.7216), (33.691633, -79.1235526), (33.883628496, -78.90132182), (34.19460935, -79.3924332), (34.17770207, -79.41391019), (34.229774975, -79.147659728), (34.238829539, -79.14802823), (34.227918,-79.1519256), (34.234291007, -79.150837292), (34.2335437, -79.14646822), (34.22678347, -79.14250361), and (34.18764428, -79.33487999)

A map showing the location of all properties is available by contacting:

David Johnson

(843) 443-8294

[email protected]

Special Flood Hazard Area Zone: This project is for the retrofit of public buildings located in an A flood zone (1% annual chance flood elevation). Confirmation of location in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) was made by reference to the latest Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel #45067C0141E & 45067C0182E dated 10/18/2011, also 45051C0704K & 45051C0680K dated 9/11/2015. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of South Carolina and local floodplain regulations. The proposed work has the potential to be affected by its location in an SFHA. As such, the action will be mitigated to prevent similar damages from occurring in future flood events. 

Proposed Work and Purpose:  The applicant repaired or replaced pumps, control panels, and wiring to 15 lift stations. All work will be back to pre-disaster conditions. No mitigation is proposed. 

Project Alternatives: 

Alternative #1 (no action alternative): Taking no action to repair the facility was evaluated as an alternative. This alternative was deemed not practicable as the lift station would be unable to perform its function, moving waste away from population centers to a treatment facility, potentially threatening human health, safety, and welfare. Additionally, the facility will remain vulnerable to flood risk, including property damage. With the no action alternative, the community will continue to experience negative effects. 

Alternative #2: Relocating this structure outside of the floodplain was evaluated as an alternative. This alternative was deemed not practicable as the damaged lift station is location dependent to most efficiently fulfill its designed function, moving waste away from population centers to a treatment facility. In lieu of this alternative, mitigation measures will be introduced to make the structure more resilient to similar damages from future events. 

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: [email protected]. Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4394-SC-00297 11988 COMMENT].

All comments are due by no later than 15 days of the posted date of this notice.

POSTED ON: (July 24, 2019)

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