PUBLIC NOTICE: City applies for FEMA Public Assistance through SCEMD

The City of Conway has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) as a sub-recipient.
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.
 Sub-Applicant: City of Conway
 Project Title: Damages to lift stations
 Location of Proposed Work:





Date of Construction

Jordan lift station

2481 Summerhaven Loop, Conway, 29527




Marina lift station

2 Elm Street, Conway, 29527




Sherwood lift station

164 Sherwood Drive, Conway, 29527




A map showing the location of all properties is available by contacting:
Sandy Martin at 843-488-7672 or
 Special Flood Hazard Area Zone: This project is for the repair of damaged lift stations and sites located in flood zone AE (1% annual chance flood elevation), or Shaded X (0.2% annual chance flood elevation). Confirmation of location in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) was made by reference to the latest Flood Insurance Rate Maps, Panels #45051C0527K (Jordan), #45051C0533K (Marina) and #45051C0531K (Sherwood). The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of South Carolina and local floodplain regulations. The proposed work has the potential to be affected by its location in an SFHA. The action will include improvements intended to reduce this potential. The proposed work to the Sherwood lift station will take place in a Wetland, Type PFO1F, with little potential impact to affect.
 Proposed Work and Purpose:
The City of Conway is requesting funds to repair damaged lift stations, as follows:
  1. The damaged embankment to the Jordan lift station site will be repaired by adding 300 square feet of Geotextile fabric and adding rip rap to stabilize the whole embankment.
  2. The Marina lift station will be repaired by replacing the generator and motor starter. A flood barrier will be added to the lift station door to reduce the possibility of future flood damage.
  3. The Sherwood lift station will be repaired by replacing the damaged pump. Flood barriers will be added to lift station openings to reduce the possibility of future flood damage.
  4. The purpose of the repairs is to maintain the functionality of the City’s sewerage system and to reduce the likelihood of future flood damage.
Project Alternatives: 
Alternatives to the proposed action were considered, as follows:
Alternative #1 If no action is taken to repair the lift stations the City sewerage system would be unable to operate effectively, creating a threat to public health and safety. Without the proposed improvements to the lift stations they would remain vulnerable to future flood damage. Failure to repair and reinforce the embankment to the Jordan lift station would result in continuing erosion of the embankment and deposition of washed away material downstream.
Alternative #2: Relocating the lift stations outside the floodplain is not a practicable alternative. Redesign of the local sewerage system would be necessary and relocation of the facilities and associated piping would be costly.
Alternative #3: Work is proposed, as part of the proposed action, to reduce the possibility of future flood damage. Not making these improvements would increase the likelihood of further flood damage in the future.
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 City of Conway. All comments are due within 15 days of this notice. The City of Conway 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:
Sandy Martin at 843-488-7672 or
 All comments are due by no later than 15 days of the posted date of this notice.
POSTED ON: (April 29, 2019)
End of Notice