Summary: Excessive flows from the winter storms of 1995 caused overtopping of the Hungry Hollow Canal, eroding portions of the channel banks and depositing sediment in the canal. This reduced the capacity of the canal and made operation and maintenance roads unusable for flood fighting activities. DSR 75312 was prepared for $77,343 for permanent restoration of the channel to pre-disaster condition. The scope of work described included placement of riprap, grading and filling of operation and maintenance roads, earthwork for canal bank repair and installation of a field drain, debris removal, and engineering and project management costs. Upon review the scope of work was reduced by deleting debris removal and engineering and project management costs, as well as changing codes involving placement of riprap and slope grading to account for dumping of riprap from an adjacent road. The scope of work was approved for $33,261. The Regional Director upheld these determinations on first appeal. The subgrantee contends that debris removal is necessary to restore the pre-disaster condition of the facility, and is beyond the scope of routine maintenance. The subgrantee also states that riprap needs to be placed instead of dumped so as not to compromise the flow regime of the canal.
Should FEMA fund debris removal from the canal?
Should FEMA fund the placement of riprap for slope repair and protection?
Yes. The subgrantee has demonstrated that they have implemented a routine maintenance program. FEMA should fund the removal of 537 CY of debris to restore the facility to pre-disaster condition.
No. A review of the site configuration indicates that dumped riprap is adequate to restore the pre-disaster function of the facility.
Rationale: A subgrantee may be eligible for FEMA funding for debris removal to restore the facility to pre-disaster condition if they can reasonably demonstrate the pre-disaster condition of the facility.