Summary: Following heavy rains, runoff washed out soil from a recreational field at the top of an embankment in Alvarado Park. FEMA prepared DSR 38872 for $1,695 for the replacement and compaction of 117 cubic yards of unclassified fill, as well as placement of 156 square yards of sod. The applicant claimed that the inspector greatly underestimated the amount of damage and requested FEMA prepare a supplemental DSR for $28,777 for the restoration of the slope. FEMA Region IX denied the request because they considered the slope to be a natural hillside and not part of an eligible facility. In the first appeal, the applicant claimed that the slope was not a natural hillside but integral ground mass. The Regional Director denied the appeal because the natural hillside was not part of an eligible facility and was therefore not eligible for restoration pursuant to FEMA landslide policy. The applicant's second appeal restates the same issues as the first appeal, claiming expenditures which exceed $30,000 and objects to the lack of local representation when the DSR was prepared.
Issues: Should the stabilization of a natural hillside adjacent to a recreational facility receive FEMA funding?
Findings: No. Only the restoration of the portion of the recreational field and supporting ground mass that washed out are eligible for FEMA funding.
Rationale: FEMA Landslide policy states that slope or hill stabilization are not considered integral ground restoration and are not eligible for FEMA funding.