FINAL PUBLIC NOTICE
Gordon County has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding through GEMA.
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.
Applicant: Gordon County
Project Title: Culvert and Associated Road Damages
Location of Proposed Work: Dobson Road and culvert and associated road damage (GPS: 34.53511, -85.00612), Riverbend @ Thomas Bluff culvert and associated road damage, (GPS: 34.40440, -85.07556), Riverbend @ Cut Off culvert and associated road damage (GPS: 34.40500, -85.08028), Russell Hill EST Drive and associated Road damage (GPS: 34.57360, -85.00500), Pocket Road #1 and associated road damage (GPS: 34.56388, -85.06278), Deerfield Lane culvert and associated road damage (GPS: 34.55750, -85.05556), Moore’s Ferry culvert and associated road damage (GPS: 34.42333, -85.03556), Nesbitt Loop NE culvert and associated road damage (GPS: 34.55873, -84.81167), and Gee Road shoulder repairs (GPS: 34.55348, -84.92782).
Name of Structure: Gordon County Culvert and Associated Road Damages
Address of Facility: 201 S Wall St. Calhoun, Georgia 30701-2245
Special Flood Hazard Area Zone: The site is located in an A Zone. Confirmation of location in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) was determined by the Gordon County Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel Numbers 13129C0042D, 1315C0115E, 13015C0025H, 13129C0141D, and 12129C0100D. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of Georgia and local floodplain regulations. The Gordon County Culvert and Associated Roads were damaged by floodwaters. There is a potential for the facility to be impacted by future flooding events due to its location within the A Zone. A portion of the proposed work will take place in wetlands per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory.
Proposed Work and Purpose:
Gordon County is requesting funds to repair the damaged culverts and associated roads. The applicant will utilize contract and force accounts to repair and replace facilities back to its pre-disaster function and capacity with changes to the design within the existing footprint.
Project Alternatives: None
Alternative #1 (no action alternative): Would not provide safe roads and culverts for residents.
Alternative #2: (Relocation): Relocation of facility for general repairs is not cost effective nor would it provide adequate roads for local residents.
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 Gordon County. All comments are due within 15 days of this notice. Gordon County 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: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency – Region IV – EHP, 3005 Chamblee Tucker Rd – Office #255, Atlanta, GA 30341-4112 or by email at FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Please include in the subject line of the email “DR-4284-GA EHAD.” Comments should be sent in writing at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice.
POSTED ON: May 8, 2023