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County of Lexington: Public Notice of HMGP Funding Allocated to Homes Located within Floodzone

Lexington, SC - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) have received two applications for Federal grant funding through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).

Funding for this grant was made available following the 4241 Presidential declaration regarding the flood of October 2015. This historic flooding event affected the entire state of South Carolina from October 1 to October 5.

A stalled front offshore combined with deep tropical moisture streaming northwest into the area, ahead of a strong upper-level, low-pressure system to the west and Hurricane Joaquin to the east. This combination led to catastrophic flooding and property damage in Lexington County.

A number of properties located in a floodplain were severely damaged, and their owners have chosen to voluntarily participate in a project that will remove the damaged properties. For the proposed applications, the voluntary acquisition of existing flood-prone structures and the underlying land will be conducted. The existing land will be converted to open space through the demolition of the structure. The property must be deed-restricted in perpetuity to open space uses to restore and/or conserve the natural floodplain functions, per- 2015 HMA Guidance pg 45 E.1.1. and 44 CFR Part 80.

Nine properties from the following locations are participating in this application and may be acquired/demolished:

500 block of Smiths Market Road

100 block of Holborn Court

400 block of Broken Hill Road

500 block of Broken Hill Road

600 block of Lewisham Road

3400 block of Cairnbrook Drive

3600 block of Cairnbrook Drive

3600 block of Cairnbrook Drive

3600 block of Harrogate Road

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, state, tribal, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements, and conditions.

These properties are located in a Special Flood Hazard Zone, as indicated in the obtained FIRM maps. Therefore, this project may affect the wetlands or floodplains in the proposed areas. The County of Lexington will comply with Executive Order 11-9-88 or 11-9-90, which pertains to wetlands and floodplains.

Although the elevation of structures were considered, this process would still result in homes and residents being left in danger of future potential hazards and not completely eliminate the risk of future flood claims. Therefore, it was the wish of qualifying homeowners to be included in voluntary acquisitions. The County of Lexington will acquire homes, which qualify for the program, and return the land to a natural state.

The County of Lexington will be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the project. For more information, or to comment on the proposed action, please contact Bo Davenport at (803) 354-7215, or bdavenport@lex-co.com by 30 days from the date of publication of this notice.

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