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Federal Emergency Management Agency: Public Notice: Ashford Triangle Acquisition, Town of Ashford, Cattaraugus County, New York

FEMA HMGP #4397-0005

Notification is hereby given to the public of the intent of the Department of Homeland Security-Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS-FEMA) to provide federal funding to Cattaraugus County, NY, as sub-recipient for the proposed acquisition of two properties located at 9207 Rt. 240 and 9209 Rt. 240 in the Town of Ashford. The proposed project would be funded through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). This notification is given in accordance with Executive Order (EO) 11988 (Floodplain Management), Executive Order (EO) 11990 (Protection of Wetlands), and 44 CFR Part 9, regulations for implementing EO 11988-11990.

The sub-recipient seeks Federal funding to acquire and demolish the two properties. The subject properties are located within or adjacent to the 100-year floodplain and have been subjected to frequent flooding. The properties will be acquired and demolished with all structures completely removed. All foundations will be pushed below grade. The driveway for the property at 9209 Rt. 240 will be removed, including the bridge, but the driveway for the property at 9207 Rt. 240 will remain to allow access to another property. Future use of the properties will be green space and parcels will be deed restricted in perpetuity.

Federal Executive Orders 11988, Floodplain Management, and 11990, Protection of Wetlands, require federal agencies to review proposed actions in floodplains and/or wetlands and explore practicable alternatives to avoid, minimize or mitigate potential impacts. FEMA has determined that the proposed alternative is the most practicable alternative. FEMA has also determined that investment of funds to reduce flood risk is in the public interest.

The public is invited to provide comments about these projects. Written comments may be submitted by mail to FEMA Region II, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Leo O’Brien Federal Building, 11A Clinton Square, Room 742, Albany, New York 12207 or by email to Comments should be submitted within 15 days of this notice.

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