PUBLIC NOTICE

By | May 10, 2024

PUBLIC NOTICE

Pursuant to Executive Order 11988 (Floodplain Management) and Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) implementing regulations at Title 44 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 9, FEMA hereby provides final notice of its decision to provide Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding for an action located in a floodplain. Funding would be provided through Vermont Emergency Management to the Town of Wilmington to provide flood mitigation measures for Memorial Hall.

The action is located on West Main Street in Wilmington, Vermont. The project would provide engineering and design to help implement flood mitigation measures to the structure. The project would stabilize the base of the building, provide flood venting to properly allow the inflow and outflow of floodwaters, and relocate electrical components from the basement to the main floor. The actions proposed above would increase the useful life of this building and make it more resilient to potential damage caused by flooding and high-water events.

The project is within a mapped special flood hazard area (100-year floodplain). The building is already located in a developed area and the floodplain values were previously impacted by the development of this area. The flood mitigation measures added to this building are not expected to have long or short-term impacts on the floodplain. Flood mitigation measures would decrease flood risk to this historic property. A map of the area of available upon request.

The project must in be in a floodplain because it would not be cost effective to relocate the building outside of the floodplain due to its size, structural integrity, historic nature, and significance to the community. Alternatives considered and dismissed included relocation of the building and No Action. The proposed action is the preferred alternative because it is the most cost effective, would maintain integrity, and would extend the useful life of the facility. In accordance with Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS) requirements, the project would elevate electrical components at or above the 500-year base flood elevation plus two feet of freeboard. Grant conditions also require compliance with all federal, state, and local laws, including coordination with the local floodplain administrator and to obtain a floodproof certification.

Map requests and comments about this project and potential floodplain impacts should be submitted within 15 days of the date of this publication to:

Sarah Albers, Environmental Protection Specialist
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Cambridge, MA
Sarah.Albers@fema.dhs.gov; (202) 412-7926