PA ID# 111-91148; Simi Valley Sanitation District
DSR ID# 20640,20641 ; Repairs to the Arroyo Simi Channel
Citation: FEMA-1046-DR-CA; Simi Valley Sanitation District; DSRs 20640 and 20641
Cross Reference: Federal Levee Policy, Eligible Facility
Summary: The winter storms of 1995 (FEMA-1046-DR-CA) caused extensive damage to the Arroyo Simi Channel. DSR 20640 was prepared to repair eroded portions of the rock-lined slopes of the Arroyo Simi Channel. A stretch of 230 feet was heavily eroded and the rock protection washed downstream. DSR 20641 was prepared to repair the existing grouted rock apron that was eroded and undermined during the storm event. These DSRs were found ineligible on the basis that the channel meets 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 appeals primarily challenged FEMA's coordination of disaster assistance as it relates to FCWs and the Policy, and classification of these DSRs as Category D. The subgrantee stated that the DSRs should be Category B, for emergency repair work as a result of the threat caused by the proximity of this damage to the City's sewer lines and treatment plant. The Regional Director upheld the initial determinations of ineligibility. The second appeals reiterate the earlier positions.
Issues: Is permanent restoration of these flood control facilities eligible for FEMA Public Assistance funding?
Findings: Yes. The FEMA Director has determined that flood control facilities damaged during the 1046 disaster events may be considered eligible facilities under the Public Assistance Program, the scope of work in these DSRs may also be considered for permanent restoration funding.
Rationale: Based on a review of the circumstances regarding the implementation of the Federal Levee Policy during the 1044/1046 disaster events, it has been concluded that flood control facilities damaged during these events which were found ineligible based on the Federal Levee Policy, may be considered eligible facilities under the Public Assistance Program for these disasters only.