Public Notice: Lake St. Mitigation Reconstruction



June 27, 2024

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Florida Division of Emergency Management have received the following application for Federal grant funding.  Final notice is hereby given of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) consideration to provide funding in the form of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Funds will be provided in accordance with Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Public Law 93-288, as amended.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990 FEMA is required to consider alternatives to and to provide public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority or low-income populations.

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


Seminole County

Project Title:

HMGP-Hurricane Ian (FEMA 4673-DR-FL) - Seminole County, Lake Street, Mitigation Reconstruction

Location of Proposed Work:

The area affected by this project consists of a residential home in the following location:

Lake Street, Oviedo, FL, 32765

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The proposal is to demolish the existing building and construct a new code-compliant structure on a stem wall foundation, elevated to at least two feet above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE+2). The existing two story wood frame structure is built on a slab-on-grade foundation with a Lowest Floor Elevation (LFE) of 4.0 feet (NAVD88), and with a Base Flood Elevation (BFE) of 10.0 feet (NAVD88) in accordance with FEMA Elevation Certificate and the effective Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), respectively.

Project activities shall involve demolition, building, and site preparation, along with the disconnection of utilities. Appropriate means of ingress and egress shall be constructed to access the elevated living spaces. The electrical and mechanical equipment outside of the structure shall be elevated above the Base Floor Elevation. The property is susceptible to reoccurring flooding due to its location in a Coastal AE Zone within the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). This proposed mitigation project aims to significantly reduce potential future flood damage to the property, thereby enhancing their resilience and ensuring the safety of their occupants.

Any enclosed space at grade level shall have hydrostatic vents and can only be used for storage or parking only. The square footage of the newly constructed and elevated structure shall be no more than ten (10) percent greater than the original square footage. The project shall be designed and constructed in compliance with the Florida Building Code, ASCE 24-14 or latest edition, the Federal Flood Risk Management Standards (FFRMS), NFIP standards in 44 CFR, Part 60 and/or local floodplain ordinances or any other applicable local regulations.

Project Alternatives:

The alternatives to the project that have been and will be considered are 1) the no action alternative and 2) elevate the existing foundation. These alternatives to the proposed project are not viable because under Alternative 1) repetitive flooding is not alleviated and the needs of the community would not be served; and Alternative 2) has been determined not feasible by a professional engineer.

Comment Period:

Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Bureau of Mitigation, 2555 Shumard Oak Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2100. These are due within 30 days of this notice. The State will forward comments to applicable regulatory agencies as needed. Interested persons may submit comments, obtain more detailed information about the proposed action, or request a copy of the findings by contacting:

Kathryn Valentine, Mitigation Coordinator                                                   (407) 665-1012

Seminole County Emergency Management                                                                                         

Kayla Born, State Lead Environmental Specialist                                        (850) 273-9289

Florida Division of Emergency Management