PA ID# 081-20956; City of East Palo Alto
DSR ID# 12490; Repair of Flood-Damaged Streets
PURPOSE: Respond to third appeal submitted by the City of East Palo Alto for street repair and the construction of a storm drain system as hazard mitigation.
DISCUSSION: Heavy rains associated with FEMA-1044-DR-CA resulted in damage to streets in the City of East Palo Alto. Damage survey report (DSR) 12490 was initially prepared to fund the reconstruction of 5.3 miles of residential streets in the City at a cost of $2,679,261. Upon review, it was determined that the street damage had occurred prior to the disaster, and that the only eligible cost was for pothole repairs, reducing eligible funding to $32,916. A hazard mitigation proposal for storm drain installation, in the amount of $3,341,191, was attached to the DSR. It was denied because it was much more expensive than the repair cost of the potholes. FEMA's response to the first and second appeals was to deny them for the reason given above. Based on consideration of the arguments presented in the third appeal, on a thorough review of the files, and on a site visit in February 1998 by a TAC geotechnical engineer, no reason could be found for overturning the conclusions of the second appeal. The third appeal should be denied.
RECOMMENDATION ACTION: Sign the attached letter denying the appeal.