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April 3, 2020            Morgan Creek Trail

The repairs related to Hurricane Florence, specifically an area where the stream bank had eroded and undermined the Morgan Creek Trial,  have been completed, per the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) public notice.

If you have additional thoughts or comments relative to this project, please e-mail; with the subject line “DR-4393-NC-02290 11988 COMMENT”.

FEMA Public Notice


Town of Chapel Hill has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) 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, 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: Town of Chapel Hill

Project Title: 127738: Morgan Creek Trail; PA-04-NC-4393-PW-02602

Location of Proposed Work:





Date of Construction

Morgan Creek Trail

1105 W. NC Hwy. 54 Bypass, Chapel Hill, NC 27516







Special Flood Hazard Area Zone: 

This project is for the in-kind restoration of the Morgan Creek Trail located in AE Floodway Zone as determined by Orange County Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) 3710978700K, dated 11/17/2017. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of North Carolina and local floodplain regulations. There is a potential for the facility to be impacted by future flooding events due to its location within AE Floodway Zone. No work will take place in wetlands per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory and will not affect wetland values.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

 Town of Chapel Hill will perform in-kind repairs to the Morgan Creek Trail by replacing ground fill and natural rocks to restore trail use. The trail repairs are within the same footprint as pre-disaster conditions, no new construction will be involved in the floodway. The walking trail is an open space area for recreational purposes. The restoration allows for the safe use of the park for the community and visitors, while preserving the natural and beneficial floodplain values.

Project Alternatives:

 Alternative #1 (No action): The “no action” alternative is not the most practical alternative for the Town of Chapel Hill, as this would not allow for the safe use of the park for the community and visitors.

Alternative #2 (Relocation): The facilities of the Morgan Creek Trail support the open space use, minimizing the potential for future growth and development within the floodplain, therefore relocation is not a practical alternative.

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:

FEMA Internal 11988 Reviewer
FEMA Region 4
3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road
Atlanta, Georgia, 30341

Alternatively, comments may be emailed to: Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4393-NC-02290 11988 COMMENT].

All comments are due by no later than 30 days of the posted date of this notice.

POSTED ON: (April 6, 2020)

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