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PUBLISHED: Thursday March 23, 2006
CHANGES ARE MADE IN DETERMINATIONS OF BASE FLOOD ELEVATIONS FOR THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO, SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, UNDER THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM
On June 19, 1997, the Department of Homeland Securitys Federal Emergency Management Agency identified Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) in the City of San Diego, San Diego County, California, through issuance of a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). The Mitigation Division has determined that modification of the elevations of the flood having a 1-percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year (base flood) for certain locations in this community is appropriate. The modified Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) revise the FIRM for the community.
The changes are being made pursuant to Section 206 of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 (Public Law 93-234) and are in accordance with the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, as amended (Title XIII of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, Public Law 90-448), 42 U.S.C. 4001-4128, and 44 CFR Part 65.
A hydraulic analysis was performed to incorporate updated topographic information and the effects of channelization and placement of fill along the revised reach of Nestor Creek from approximately 40 feet downstream of the San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railroad to just upstream of 27th Street. This has resulted in a decrease in SFHA width and increased BFEs for the revised reach of Nestor Creek. The table below indicates existing and modified BFEs for selected locations along the affected lengths of the flooding source(s) cited above.
Existing BFE Modified BFE
Location (feet)* (feet)*
Approximately 350 feet downstream of San Diego
and Arizona Eastern Railroad 40 41
Approximately 60 feet downstream of San Diego
and Arizona Eastern Railroad 41 42
*National Geodetic Vertical Datum, rounded to nearest whole foot
Under the above-mentioned Acts of 1968 and 1973, the Mitigation Division must develop criteria for floodplain management. To participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the community must use the modified BFEs to administer the floodplain management measures of the NFIP. These modified BFEs will also be used to calculate the appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and their contents and for the second layer of insurance on existing buildings and contents.
Upon the second publication of notice of these changes in this newspaper, any person has 90 days in which he or she can request, through the Chief Executive Officer of the community, that the Mitigation Division reconsider the determination. Any request for reconsideration must be based on knowledge of changed conditions or new scientific or technical data. All interested parties are on notice that until the 90-day period elapses, the Mitigation Divisions determination to modify the BFEs may itself be changed.
Any person having knowledge or wishing to comment on these changes should immediately notify:
The Honorable Jerry Sanders
May, City of San Diego
202 C Street, 11th Floor
San Diego, CA 92101
Pub. March 16, 23-00003027
PUBLISHED: Thursday March 23, 2006