NOTICE OF POTENTIAL IMPACTS TO FLOODPLAINS
PLUMAS DISTRICT HOSPITAL
Plumas District Hospital intends to seek financial assistance from USDA, Rural Housing Service (RHS) for the construction of a Skilled Nursing Facility across from the Plumas District Hospital. The proposed project includes a ±20,040 square-foot facility that would consist of two one-story buildings joined by a pedestrian bridge, and would include 24 private and semi-private patient rooms with pharmaceutical service/storage space, dietary service space (including food storage, prep., and dining areas), activity programming space, common areas (including lobby and reception, spa and salon, consult/family room, and restrooms), administrative offices, housekeeping, storage, employee dressing rooms, lockers, staff lounge, and necessary parking. An emergency access road would wrap around the entire facility. Other appurtenant improvements would include landscaping, concrete walkways, snow removal areas, one or two above-ground propane storage tanks, and storm water detention and drainage facilities.
The project is located within the unincorporated community of Quincy on the south side of Bucks Lake Road, across from its intersection with Bellamy Lane, in Section 15, Township 24 North, Range 9 East, of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Quincy 7.5-minute quadrangle. The proposed project would be located on Plumas County Assessor’s Parcels 115-210-009, 115-210-019, and a portion of 115-210-020.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Map (Panel 06063C0904E, effective March 2, 2005), the proposed skilled nursing facility would not be located within a 100-year flood hazard area. However, a portion of the emergency access road, driveway access, and sidewalk access would occur in the 500-year floodplain of Gansner Creek. The 500-year floodplain is the area subject to inundation from a flood having a 0.2 percent chance of occurring in any given year (minimum floodplain of concern for critical actions). If implemented, the proposed project would convert up to 0.61 acres of the 500-year floodplain.
In the event of a 500-year flood, water depths over the affected emergency access road and Bucks Lake Road would be less than one foot; the depth of flooding would not prevent emergency vehicles from transporting patient to and from the hospital. Thus, construction of the proposed improvements within the 500-year floodplain is not expected to result in loss of life, injury to persons, or damage to property.
In accordance with Executive Order 11988 (Floodplain Management) and USDA Departmental Regulation 9500-3 (Land Use Policy) the purpose of this notice is to inform the public of this proposed conversion or effect and request comments concerning the proposal, alternative sites or actions that would avoid these impacts, and methods that could be used to minimize these impacts.
The environmental documentation regarding this proposal is available for review at the Plumas District Hospital, 1065 Bucks Lake Road, Quincy, CA 95971, Administration Building. For questions regarding this proposal, contact Michael Colbert at (530) 233-4137 x 112.
Any person interested in commenting on this proposal should submit comments to the address below. Comments must be received by 9/22/21.
Michael Colbert, Loan Specialist
USDA Rural Development
221 W. 8th Street
Alturas, CA 96101
(530) 233-4137 x 112