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Final Public Notice
Posted on 02/21/2022
Final Public Notice


The City of Statesville 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 completed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.

Sub-Applicant:  City of Statesville
Project Title: 186230-Third Creek Embankment Repairs and Sewer Line & Manhole Stabilization;

Location of Proposed Work:





Date of


Sewer Line & Manhole on Third Creek Embankment






Special Flood Hazard Area Zone:

All completed repairs to the Third Creek embankment in the vicinity of two manholes and aerial sewer line are located within a FEMA mapped floodway, AE flood zone, and Shaded X zone (all repairs within the 0.1% and 0.2% Annual Chance Flood Hazard). Confirmation of location in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) for the eroded portion of the Third Creek embankment was determined by the Iredell County Effective            Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Panel Number: 3710474300J, dated 03/18/2008.  All 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 the floodway, as well as AE and Shaded X flood zones.  No work on this project took place in wetlands per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory                      and this project will have little potential to impact or affect wetland values.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The City of Statesville utilized contract labor for repairs to a portion of creek embankment along Third Creek for stabilization in vicinity of two manholes and aerial sewer line, including replacement of eroded unclassified fill with riprap along the creek embankment with an area covering 80 FT x 20 FT x 12 FT.  The applicant utilized an existing 4,500 LF sewer easement that extended from nearby Whites Mill Road to access the damage site, and for proper access completed vegetative removal of low hanging limbs, tree undergrowth, and one large tree, hauled in crushed concrete, stone, and riprap to fill low areas along access road, as well as graded and leveled access road.  The applicant seeded and mulched all distributed areas on sewer right-of-way.  The applicant restored the creek embankment and utility facilities to pre-disaster function, following good construction practices and resiliency measures.

Project Alternatives:

Alternative #1 (No action): The 'no action' alternative would ultimately result in a negative impact on the City of Statesville Sewer and Stormwater System. If the creek embankment had not been restored using riprap, then future erosion may have occurred, causing potential disruption in sewer and stormwater services to the City of Statesville, as well as adverse economic and social impacts.

Alternative #2 (Restoring In-Kind): The applicant installed riprap along the creek embankment instead of in-kind soil fill material as a means to reinforce the existing soil around the aerial sewer line and manholes.  If the soil had been replaced in-kind, then future erosion of the same area may have occurred, causing potential failure in the sewer and stormwater network, and therefore adverse economic impacts.

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
3005 Chamblee-Tucker Road
Atlanta, Georgia, 30341

Alternatively, comments may be emailed to: [email protected]. Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4588-NC-00100 11988 COMMENT].

All comments are due by no later than 30 days of the posted date of this notice.

POSTED ON:  February 21, 2022

End of Notice