PA ID# 059-36000; City of Huntington Beach
DSR ID# 94253 ; Repairs to Slater Storm Channel
PURPOSE: Respond to third appeal submitted by the City of Huntington Beach for funding for the permanent restoration of Slater Channel.
DISCUSSION: Excessive flood flows from the winter storms of 1995 eroded portions of Slater Channel in the City of Huntington Beach. FEMA prepared DSR 94253 for $235,690 for the permanent restoration of the facility by filling voids with unclassified fill. The subgrantee appealed the scope of work stating that codes and standards require the channel to be repaired with riprap. Upon review of the first appeal, the Regional Director determined that the subject channel met the USACE definition of a flood control work (FCW) and was, therefore, under the specific authority of the USACE. Accordingly, the Regional Director prepared DSR 01811 to deobligate funding. During the second appeal the subgrantee contended that they were not an FCW, but provided no supporting documentation. The third appeal reiterated the second appeal arguments, again without documentation to support their position. FEMA obtained a determination from the USACE which concluded that Slater Channel is not an FCW, such that disaster damages are eligible for FEMA assistance, and repairs may be made in accordance with the applicable codes and standards. Such funding will be provided by the Regional Director.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Sign the letter informing the GAR of FEMA's determination to approve eligible costs for the permanent restoration of Slater Channel.