PA ID# 045-57876; City of Point Arena
DSR ID# 75628; Port Road Pavement Repair
Citation: FEMA-1046-DR-CA; City of Point Arena, DSR 75628 Port Road Pavement
Cross Reference: Disaster Related Damages, Alligator Road Pavement
Summary: As a result of the 1995 winter storms, flooding occurred along Port Road in the City of Point Arena (subgrantee). The subgrantee reported that alligator cracking and potholes developed along the roadway as a result of the flooding conditions, and requested funding in the amount of $92,928 for a bituminous concrete overlay over the entire roadway section (5,808-ft. by 24-ft.). The FEMA inspector prepared DSR 75628, documenting the scope of work requested by the subgrantee, however, both the FEMA and the OES inspectors concluded that the damages identified by the subgrantee were not the result of the disaster, rather the result of old age and poor maintenance. Accordingly, the work was found ineligible. The subgrantee submitted a first appeal asserting that the damages were disaster-related. The Regional Director reviewed the subgrantee's maintenance records for Port Road (since 1988), and other documentation provided, and found that only occasional patching, striping, tree trimming and debris removal had been performed on the roadway. Additionally, based on a telephone conversation with the subgrantee during the review, it was confirmed that the road was built in the 1970's and had not received an overlay in at least 10 years. The Regional Director again concluded that the damages appear to be the result of age, inadequate maintenance, and overloading. The subgrantee submitted a second appeal identifying individual portions of the road that they assert suffered disaster damages. The subgrantee is requesting funding in the amount of $35,000 for repair of a total damaged area of pavement of 7,750 sf. The cost of the repair is based on a contractor's verbal estimate, but the subgrantee does not specify the scope of the intended repair.
Issues: Did the roadway suffer disaster-related damages?
Findings: No. Based on the minimal level of pre-disaster maintenance of the roadway, and evidence of weathering of the observed damages, it is concluded that the damages are the result of age and inadequate maintenance rather than specifically attributed to the disaster.
Rationale: To be eligible for Public Assistance funding, an applicant must demonstrate that reported damages are directly caused by the disaster event. 44 CFR 206.223 General Work Eligibility