PA ID# 083-00000; Santa Barbara County
DSR ID# Multiple (14); Various Flood Control Works
PURPOSE: Respond to third appeals submitted by the County of Santa Barbara for permanent restoration of various flood control facilities.
DISCUSSION: The winter storms of January and March 1995 (FEMA-1044/1046-DR-CA) caused extensive damage to flood control facilities throughout Santa Barbara County. FEMA prepared numerous DSRs (14 in appeal) to fund repairs to various flood control facilities. The DSRs were found ineligible on the basis that the channels meet the United States Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE's) definition of a flood control work (FCW), such that restoration funding for the channel would be under the specific authority of the USACE. The subgrantee's first appeal primarily challenged individual eligibility determinations and the second appeals primarily challenged the Federal Levee Policy and FEMA's coordination of disaster assistance as it relates to FCWs and the Policy. Appeal responses upheld the initial determinations of ineligibility. The third appeal provides letters from the USACE identifying each of the channels as local drainage facilities, thereby making them eligible facilities. Accordingly, each of the DSRs included with this appeal have been reviewed for eligibility for permanent restoration funding through the Public Assistance Program, consistent with FEMA regulations and policy for restoration of eligible facilities. The Regional Director should prepare supplemental DSRs for the eligible scope of work as described in the third appeal analysis. DSR 94723 remains ineligible on the basis that damages are not disaster-related.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Sign letter partially granting these appeals.