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File #: 19-0261    Version: 1
Type: Report Status: Filed
File created: 6/25/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: 7/2/2019 Final action: 7/2/2019
Title: Lowe River Levee Certification Update Report
Attachments: 1. Proposed FIRM, 2. Levee Certification LOMR Public Notice 24June19 Affidavit of Mail
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Lowe River Levee Certification Update Report

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SUBMITTED BY: Kate Huber, Senior Planner and Floodplain Manager

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Expenditure Required: N/A
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Report only.

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SUMMARY STATEMENT:
At the end of October 2016, the City of Valdez submitted a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for levee certification/accreditation for the Lowe River levee system. The process by which FEMA certifies levees is through a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR). The City of Valdez applied for a LOMR based on a 2D flood hazard analysis to revise FIRM #020094, Panel #0075C, along the Lowe River. As a part of this LOMR request, The City of Valdez is proposing to revise the community's Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) to reflect levee certification/accreditation.
The FIRM for a community depicts the floodplain, the area which has been determined to be subject to a 1 percent or greater chance of flooding in any given year. (This area is also known as the 100-year flood area or special flood hazard area.) The regulatory floodway is the portion of the floodplain that includes the channel of a river or other watercourse and the adjacent land area that must be reserved in order to discharge the base (1-percent-annual-chance) flood without cumulatively increasing the water-surface elevation by more than a designated height. The FIRM is used to determine flood insurance rates and to assist the community with floodplain management.
In March 2017, FEMA responded to the City's application with a request for additional data and some repairs to the levee system along the Lowe River. Over the course of 2017, the City completed required improvements to groin 1 and groin 2 and compiled the additional information that was required. On March 6, 2017, individual notices were sent to all property owners affected by the proposed map revision.
Over the course of 2018 and into 2019 there has bee...

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