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Posted on: December 3, 2021

Spartanburg County applies for FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance funding



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 a 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 and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

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.

Applicant:  County of Spartanburg

Project Title: Acquisition and Demolition of a Severe Repetitive Loss flood property

Location of Proposed Work:  Tax ID # 5-27-02-017.00

    Address of Structure: 525 Cambridge Drive, Spartanburg, South Carolina

A map showing the location of the property is available by contacting Ron Kirby, PE, County Engineer, (864) 595-5336 or, [email protected]





Date of Construction


525 Cambridge Drive




Special Flood Hazard Area Zone: This project is for the acquisition and demolition of housing structures located in flood zone AE (1% annual chance flood elevation). Confirmation of location in an SFHA was made by reference to the latest Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel   45083C0241D dated January 6, 2011.  The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of South Carolina and local floodplain regulations. The proposed work will be for demolition on previously disturbed ground of housing structures and floodwall and will have no effect on the local floodplain. The proposed work has the potential to be affected by the location in an SFHA. The action will be mitigated by acquiring and demolishing. 

Proposed Work and Purpose: 

The proposed project is for mitigation activity to reduce repetitive damage of property, prevent losses of life, and reduce the financial impact caused by flooding. The acquisition and demolition of these properties will completely mitigate the flood risk to these properties as they will no longer be there, and the land that is left will be designated green space.

Project Alternatives:  

Alternative #1 (no action alternative): If no action is taken to protect homes and the public from these flash flooding events, it will increase the danger of impacts from severe flooding. Taking no action leaves the property at certain risk of future loss claims due to flooding.

Alternative #2: Elevating the structures was considered. Elevation would reduce risks to property, however residents could still be trapped by rapidly rising waters. Acquisition and demolition offers complete protection from flood rick and promotes open space use.

Alternative #3: Relocating the structures was also considered. The relocation of these properties proved to be cost prohibitive. Acquisition and demolition offers a more cost-efficient method of protecting property from rising flood water due to severe flooding.

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 Spartanburg County Engineering, Community Services Building, 9039 Fairforest Road, Spartanburg, SC 29301.  All comments are due within 30 days of this notice.  Spartanburg County Engineering 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: 

Ron Kirby, PE, County Engineer at (864) 595-5336 or [email protected]

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