PA ID# 089-74880; Stroud Township
DSR ID# 39686,72953; McMichael's Creek Embankment
Summary: In January 1996, disaster-related flooding eroded an embankment along McMichael's Creek in Stroud Township, Pennsylvania. In March 1996, Damage Survey Report (DSR) 47196 was prepared in the amount of $107,703 for dredging and rip-rap repairs to a 375-foot section of the embankment adjacent to a pump station. In April 1996, the site was re-inspected and DSR 39686 was approved in the amount of $2,724 to regrade the area, replace the damaged filter fabric and replace the stone protection on a 100-foot section of the embankment adjacent to the pump station. The subgrantee appealed for reinstatement of DSR 47196 in the full amount of $107,703. The Regional Director denied the appeal on the basis that there was no evidence that the embankment was an improved and maintained facility. However, the Regional Director approved supplemental DSR 72953 in the amount of $9,401 to fund additional fill, rip-rap, and geotextile fabric to properly protect the pump station from a five-year threat. In October 1998, the subgrantee submitted a second appeal stating that the actual eligible costs for DSRs 39686 and 72953 should be $108,427. The increased cost is due to the installation of gabion baskets placed along the embankment in lieu of the rip-rap that was approved in DSRs 39686 and 72953. The subgrantee requests that FEMA obligate an additional $96,738 to fully fund the completed repair work.
Is the gabion basket repair work eligible for permanent restoration funding?
Is the gabion basket repair work eligible as an emergency protective measure?
Is additional work necessary to protect the embankment from a five-year event?
No. The embankment is not an eligible facility and the gabion baskets were not in place prior to the disaster.
No. It was not demonstrated that the gabion baskets were the only viable and cost effective means of protecting the pump station from an immediate threat. Rip-rap would have properly protected the embankment from erosion from a five-year event.
Yes. The scope of work identified in DSRs 39686 and 72953 does not include all of the materials and costs necessary to complete the rip-rap protection project.