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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives notice to the public of its intent to reimburse

eligible applicants for eligible costs to repair or replace facilities damaged by Severe Winter Storm occurring February

15 through February 22, 2015. This notice applies to the Public Assistance (PA) and Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs

(HMGP) implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42

U.S.C. §§ 5121-5207. Under a major disaster declaration FEMA-4211-DR-TN, signed by the President on April 2, 2015,

the following counties have been designated adversely affected by the disaster and eligible for PA: Anderson, Bedford,

Bledsoe, Blount, Campbell, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, Fentress, Giles, Grainger, Grundy, Hamblen, Hancock, Hardeman,

Jefferson, Knox, Lawrence, Loudon, Marshall, McMinn, McNairy, Meigs, Monroe, Moore, Morgan, Obion, Overton,

Putnam, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Van Buren, Warren, and White Counties. Additional counties may be designated at a later

date without further public notice. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) is available statewide. This public

notice concerns activities that may affect historic properties, activities that are located in or affect wetland areas or the

100-year fl oodplain, and critical actions within the 500-year fl oodplain. Such activities may adversely affect the historic

property, fl oodplain or wetland, or may result in continuing vulnerability to fl ood damage. Presidential Executive Orders

11988 and 11990 require that all federal actions in or affecting the fl oodplain or wetlands be reviewed for opportunities

to relocate, and evaluated for social, economic, historical, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Where there is

no opportunity to relocate, FEMA is required to undertake a detailed review to determine what measures can be taken to

minimize future damages. The public is invited to participate in the process of identifying alternatives and analyzing their

impacts. FEMA has determined that for certain types of facilities there are normally no alternatives to restoration in the

fl oodplain or wetland. These are facilities that meet all of the following criteria: 1) FEMA's estimate of the cost of repairs

is less than 50 percent of the cost to replace the entire facility, and is less than $100,000; 2) the facility is not located in a

fl oodway; 3) the facility has not sustained major structural damage in a previous Presidentially declared fl ooding disaster

or emergency; and 4) the facility is not critical (e.g., the facility is not a hospital, generating plant, emergency operations

center, or a facility that contains dangerous materials). FEMA intends to provide assistance for the restoration of these

facilities to their pre-disaster condition, except that certain measures to mitigate the effects of future fl ooding or other

hazards may be included in the work. For example, a bridge or culvert restoration may include a larger waterway opening

to decrease the risk of future washouts. For routine activities, this will be the only public notice provided. Other activities

and those involving facilities that do not meet the four criteria are required to undergo more detailed review, including

study of alternate locations. Subsequent public notices regarding such projects will be published if necessary, as more

specifi c information becomes available. In many cases, an applicant may have started facility restoration before federal

involvement. Even if the facility must undergo detailed review and analysis of alternate locations, FEMA will fund eligible

restoration at the original location if the facility is functionally dependent on its fl oodplain location (e.g., bridges and fl ood

control facilities), or the project facilitates an open space use, or the facility is an integral part of a larger network that is

impractical or uneconomical to relocate, such as a road. In such cases, FEMA must also examine the possible effects of not

restoring the facility, minimizing fl oodplain or wetland impacts, and determining both that an overriding public need for

the facility clearly outweighs the Executive Order requirements to avoid the fl oodplain or wetland, and that the site is the

only practicable alternative. State of Tennessee and local offi cials will confi rm to FEMA that proposed actions comply with

all applicable state and local fl oodplain management and wetland protection requirements. FEMA also intends to provide

HMGP funding to the State of Tennessee to mitigate future disaster damages. These projects may include construction

of new facilities, modifi cation of existing, undamaged facilities, relocation of facilities out of fl oodplains, demolition of

structures, or other types of projects to mitigate future disaster damages. In the course of developing project proposals,

subsequent public notices will be published if necessary, as more specifi c information becomes available. The National

Historic Preservation Act requires federal agencies to take into account the effect of their undertakings on historic properties.

Those actions or activities affecting buildings, structures, districts or objects 50 years or older or that affect archeological

sites or undisturbed ground will require further review to determine if the property is eligible for listing in the National

Register of Historic Places (Register). If the property is determined to be eligible for the Register, and FEMA's undertaking

will adversely affect it, FEMA will provide additional public notices. For historic properties not adversely affected by

FEMA's undertaking, this will be the only public notice. As noted, this may be the only public notice regarding the abovedescribed

actions under the PA and HMGP programs. Interested persons may obtain information about these actions or a

specifi c project by writing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region IV, 3003 Chamblee Tucker Rd., Atlanta,

GA 30341. Comments should be sent in writing to the attention of the Regional Environmental Offi cer at the above address,

referencing DR-4211, within 30 days of the date of this notice.

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