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Posted Sept. 4, 2018

 Final Public Notice RE: FEMA sub grant application related to repairs on Murrells Inlet Marshwalk

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received a Subgrant application for Georgetown County regarding the repairs to Murrels Inlet Marshwalk seawall within the coastal county of Georgetown that was damaged in Hurricane Irma (DR-4346-SC). Pursuant to Executive Order 11988 and 44 CFR Part 9.12, final notice is hereby given of FEMA’s intent to provide funding for projects under the Public Assistance (PA) Program. 

An initial disaster-wide Public Notice was published November 20, 2017 for Hurricane Irma. Comments and other information received were fully evaluated by FEMA along with evaluation of social, economic, environmental, and safety considerations. This notice serves as an individual final notice for FEMA’s funding action located within the floodplain. FEMA has determined that the only practicable alternative is to locate the seawall closely adjacent to the original location within the floodplain to preserve access for recreational use of the adjacent marina and wildlife viewing. 

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. This action complies with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements. 

Location of the Proposed Work: 

Murrells Inlet, Georgetown County, SC; From 33.556325, -79.032693 to 33.556284, -79.033628. 

Proposed Work and Purpose: 

Georgetown County will utilize contract services to attach vinyl sheeting on the water side of the existing damaged seawall, fill the area behind the sheeting for stability, and install a French drain to help mitigate damage during future high water events. 

Project Alternatives: 

The alternative that has been considered is the no action alternative. This alternative is not feasible as the Marshwalk remains vulnerable to flood risk, including property damage and hazards to human life and safety. With the no action alternative, continued negative impacts on surrounding properties and the community may be experienced, including increased water turbidity from erosion. Alternate locations were not considered, as the Marshwalk seawall is a functionally dependent component of the marina system for recreational access and wildlife viewing. 

Comments: 

This will serve as the final public notice regarding the above-described actions funded by the FEMA PA Program. Persons interested may obtain information about specific projects or a map of the affected area by writing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 4, 3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30341, calling 770-220-5432, or by emailing FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Comments should be sent in writing with the subject line SC-4346-PW-00170 at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice.