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DR-4464-SC FEMA Hurricane Dorian Longs WWTP Sewage Lagoon Berm Final Public Notice

February 07, 2020


Grand Strand Water & Sewer has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) 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 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: Longs WWTP Sewage Lagoon Berm Eroded/Washout

Location of Proposed Work:






Date of Construction

Longs WWTP

417 Nancy Ln, Longs, SC  29568




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

Tim Brown

Chief of Plant Operations


[email protected]

Special Flood Hazard Area Zone: This project is for the repair of a Waste Water Treatment Plant Lagoon that suffered a Washout that is located in flood zone AE (1% annual chance flood elevation), or Shaded X (0.2% annual chance flood elevation). Confirmation of location in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) was made by reference to the latest Flood Insurance Rate Maps, Panel # 45051C0420K. 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.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The City of Conway is requesting funds to repair damaged lift stations, as follows:

  1. Repairing the damaged eastern most berm, back to pre-disaster conditions so that the waste water treatment plant will soon be operational.
  2. Fill for the washed-out berm will be coming from Wake Stone Corporation Quarry and Wastewater Treatment Plant 8147.

The purpose of the repairs is to maintain the functionality of the City’s sewerage system.

Project Alternatives: 

Alternatives to the proposed action were considered, as follows:

Alternative #1 If no action is taken to repair the lift stations the City sewerage system would be unable to operate effectively, creating a threat to public health and safety. Without the proposed repairs to the lagoon berm the structure would remain off-line.

Alternative #2: Relocating the lift stations outside the floodplain is not a practicable alternative. Redesign of the local sewerage system would be necessary and relocation of the facilities and associated piping would be costly.

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 City of Conway. All comments are due within 15 days of this notice. The Grand Strand Water & Sewer 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:

Tim Brown

Chief of Plant Operations


[email protected]

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

POSTED ON: February 7, 2020

End of Notice


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