PA ID# 065-16350; City of Corona
DSR ID# 94525; Hillside failure in Sierra Del Oro Subdivision
Citation: FEMA-1044-DR-CA, CITY OF CORONA, DSR 94525
Cross Reference: Improved and Maintained Natural Feature, Immediate Threat
Summary: Heavy rains in January and February, 1995, caused landslides and mud slides in the Sierra Del Oro subdivision in the City of Corona. A portion of the hillside west of 4271 San Sebastian Circle failed. Damage Survey Report (DSR) 94525 was prepared for the restoration of the slope to its predisaster conditions. The DSR was denied, because a natural slope is not an eligible facility. The City's first appeal stated that the damaged hillside is a facility, as it is an irrigated fire protection buffer zone. The first appeal was denied, because there no documentation to indicate that the hillside had been improved and maintained on a regular basis. The City states in their second appeal letter that the damaged hillside is a facility, because the slope serves as a fire buffer. They have submitted maintenance records to support their claim that the slope has been landscaped and maintained since at least November 1992. Further, the City states that the slope failure poses an immediate threat to public safety and improved properties, because the failure impacts adjacent residences.
Is the hillside an eligible facility as an improved and maintained natural feature?
Is the work to repair the hillside eligible as an emergency protective measure?
No. The hillside is not an improved and maintained natural feature.
No. The slope failure does not pose an immediate threat to life or improved property.
Rationale: According to the Landslide Policy Relating to Public Facilities, permanent earth repair that is not integral to the restoration of a public facility is not eligible for reimbursement. The hillside is not a facility, nor is it integral to the restoration of a public facility. While the City did provide maintenance records, they did not provide documentation to support the statement that the hillside is improved. Further, no immediate threat to improved property has been established.