PA ID# 023-80448; City of Trinidad
DSR ID# 72151; Slides and Roadway Repairs
Citation: Appeal Brief; Second Appeal; City of Trinidad; FEMA-1044-DR-CA; PA #023-80448
Cross Reference: DSR 72151; Slides and Roadway Repairs; Scenic Drive; Eligible Facility; Category C
Summary: In 1995, heavy rains and soil saturation resulted in a hillside slip-out and damage to 180 feet of road shoulder along Scenic Drive, in the City of Trinidad (City), California. The slip-out was at the top of a steep hillside descending into the Pacific Ocean. FEMA prepared DSR 16519 for $152,400 to repair the road and rebuild the hillside. Upon review, it was determined that the hillside repair was ineligible because the slip-out was within an historical landslide. The DSR was approved for $0 because eligible work was $400 for road shoulder repair, less than the $1,000 minimum. However, FEMA approved DSR 72151 for $20,000 for a geotechnical investigation study. Based on the results of the study, the City requested $25,000 of supplemental funding to design the roadway repairs. The Regional Director denied the supplemental request because the design involved slope stabilization of a natural slope. In the first appeal, the City re-requested the supplemental funding and contended that the damages were within the improved road prism and not within an historical landslide. The appeal was denied. The Regional Director determined that the failed slope below Scenic Drive was a natural facility, which was never improved or maintained. The Regional Director also indicated that the geotechnical study was funded to evaluate the stability of the hillside, not to evaluate stabilization measures. However, the Regional Director elected not to de-obligate the funding. In the second appeal, the City contends that the study demonstrates that the hillside was stable prior to the disaster, that the damages are not within a natural facility, and that the repairs are necessary for damages to the improved road prism, which is integral ground providing support to the roadway facility. The applicant is requesting both landslide repairs and design of the landslide repairs.
Was the hillside stable prior to the disaster?
Are engineering and repair of the hillside and road necessary to restore integral ground of the road?
Yes. The geotechnical study indicates that the integral portion of the roadway was stable prior to the disaster.
Yes. A total of $14,869 is eligible for funding
Rationale: 44 CFR 206.223 and the FEMA Landslide Policy (No. 4511.300 A, EX)