PA ID# 115-43120; Liberty Township
DSR ID# 94038; Howard Hill Bridge Abutment
Citation: FEMA-1093-DR-PA; Liberty Township; DSR 94038
Cross-Reference: Insufficient evidence for eligibility
Summary: After the January 1996 flood event in Liberty Township, the Howard Hill Bridge over Rhinney Creek was visited but no Damage Survey Report was written because the team determined there was no damage at the site. After a written request by Liberty Township on August 2, 1996, the site was visited again and DSR 94038 was prepared for $0.00 to address the damage to Howard Hill Bridge over Rhinney Creek. The inspectors, one Federal and two State, concurred that insufficient evidence was found to determine the flooding in January caused the west end of the northerly abutment to settle. Liberty Township submitted their first appeal on December 2, 1996, to FEMA. The appeal was denied on the basis of insufficient evidence and lack of substantive documentation to show that the damage was a result of the declared event. Liberty Township has appealed the ruling a second time offering a list of names of citizens who live in the vicinity of the bridge and state that the January 1996 flood event caused the west end of the northerly abutment to settle.
Issues: Is the Howard Hill Bridge abutment eligible?
Findings: No. There is no substantive evidence that the January 1996 flood event caused the settling of the bridge abutment.
Rationale: In order to be eligible for funding the damage has to be directly related to a declared event.