When the FEMA Regional Office sends the initial notification letter, the following attachments must be included:
• A description of the requirements to meet 44 CFR Section 65.10, entitled “Mapping of Areas Protected by Levee Systems”; and
• An agreement to accept the PAL option (agreement for Scenario B), for the community/levee owner/local project sponsor to sign and send back to FEMA before the 91st day following the date of the initial notification letter
In response to the initial notification letter, the community/levee owner/local project sponsor is to submit the following to FEMA to meet the PAL application package requirements for Scenario B:
• An agreement signed by the community/levee owner/local project sponsor stating that the PAL designation is warranted because the levee now meets the requirements of 44 CFR Section 65.10;
Scenario C - Levees in the USACE program with known deficiencies that are shown as providing base flood protection
For levees in the USACE program that are shown on the effective FIRM as providing 1-percent-annual-chance flood protection but have known deficiencies, the criteria below are to be followed. Two scenarios are possible. To help FEMA contractors and mapping partners properly assess how to handle levee mapping issues, a flowchart has been generated that depicts the possible steps for Scenario C levees. This flowchart is presented as Figure 3 at the end of this guidelines document.
Criteria to meet Scenario C1:
• The USACE has determined that the levee’s recent inspection ratings are listed as fair, poor, or unacceptable;
• The USACE has determined that the project status in the RIP has been switched from active to inactive; and
• The USACE has not provided a 1-year maintenance deficiency correction period for the levee.
Communication with levee owner, community, and/or local project sponsor:
The FEMA Regional Office will coordinate with the appropriate USACE District office regarding levee projects in the USACE inventory that have received an inspection rating of fair, poor, or unacceptable and have been placed in inactive status in the USACE Rehabilitation and Inspection Program (RIP). Once these projects have been identified, the USACE will send a notification letter to the community/levee owner/local project