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The City of Lake Helen, known as “The Gem of Florida,” is located in west Volusia County immediately off of Interstate 4 (in between Orlando and Daytona Beach). The city is under 5 square miles and population under 3,000.

City of Lake Helen namesake lake - Lake HelenFounded by Henry DeLand and named after his daughter, the City was intended as one of the prettiest and most pleasant towns in Florida.  Lake Helen preserves a small-town character, with historic architectures, tree lined roads and lush vegetation.

Lake Helen’s old Florida rural town feel along with its proximity to Interstate 4 makes it the perfect location – within minutes you can have access to head into Orlando or East to the beaches.

Come now, don’t let these be words on a web page – Visit us and experience “The Gem of Florida” for yourself.                           

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#4283-54-R City of Lake Helen, Ohio Avenue Drainage


May 9, 2019


The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Florida Division of Emergency Management have received the following application for Federal grant funding.  Final notice is hereby given of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) consideration to provide funding in the form of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Funds will be provided in accordance with Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Public Law 93-288, as amended.


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 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 or low-income populations.


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.



City of Lake Helen


Project Title:

#4283-54-R City of Lake Helen, Ohio Avenue Drainage


Location of Proposed Work:

The area affected by this project consists of homes in the following locations:

Twin culverts under West Ohio Avenue

Proposed Work and Purpose:The twin culverts under West Ohio Avenue, approximately 1,950 feet west of Macy Avenue, have experienced channeling of pipe bedding and road base through gaps in the joints of the corrugated metal pipe. The voids left behind have caused settlement and cracking in the road surface above, which can potentially result in road failure. It has been determined that the most effective way to remedy this situation is to line the culverts with a cured in-place industrial strength resin.

1.1 Project Objectives: The purpose of this project is to improve conditions associated with stormwater drainage on West Ohio Avenue in Lake Helen, Volusia County, Florida (Figure 1-1); funded through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) DR-4283-54-R, as approved by the Florida Division of Emergency Management (Division) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The culvert lining is intended to rehabilitate two culverts crossing under West Ohio Avenue. The rehabilitation will consist of lining the culverts with a cured in place polyester resin. This report documents the existing as well as the proposed hydrology resulting from project implementation.

Project Alternatives:  The alternatives to the project that have been and will be considered are 1) the no action alternative and 2) line the existing culvert. These alternatives to the proposed project are not viable because under Alternative 1) the culverts may ultimately fail and cause flooding on surrounding properties; and Alternative 2) lining the pipes is a temporary solution that costs similar to replacing the pipes.

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 Florida Division of Emergency Management, Bureau of Recovery and Mitigation, 2555 Shumard Oak Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2100.  These are due within 30 days of this notice June 9, 2019.  The State 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: Becky Witte, City Administrator at (386) (228-2358) or bwitte@lakehelen.com OR Teresa Sanders, State Environmental Specialist, Division of Emergency Management at (850) 815-4521 or                        Teresa.Sanders@em.myflorida.com.

Public Notice on City Website – Homepage: www.lakehelen.com from May 9, 2019 until June 9, 2019

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