PA ID# 021-00000; Glenn County
DSR ID# 74042; Embankment Restoration on County Road 29
Citation: FEMA DR-1044-CA; Glenn County (the County); DSR 74042
Cross-Reference: Federal levee policy, flood control work (FCW).
Summary: During the storms of January 1995, County Road 29 and the embankment/ levee on which it is located were damaged when the Sacramento River flooded. Approximately 4,500 linear feet of road and embankment was damaged. Immediately following the disaster, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) undertook emergency procedures, under the authority of the Sacramento River Bank Protection Project. The USACE lowered the elevation of the embankment in order to release floodwaters. The USACE did not restore the levee to its original grade, nor did they restore the road. The original damage survey report (DSR) was prepared for $110,985 to restore the embankment to its original grade and section, and to repair the road. FEMA approved the DSR for $24,302 for the road repair only. The inspection team deducted the cost for restoring the embankment because they determined that the embankment was a FCW.
In March 1996, the USACE stated that Road 29 does not lie atop a Federal flood control project levee and that they do not maintain the levee or road embankment. In September 1996, the USACE stated that Road 29 is a county road and not a Federal Flood Control Structure, and that the road is not eligible for funding from any of the programs covered by the PL 84-99 Authority. In their letter of second appeal, the County states Road 29 was built through a low area in topography requiring fill material to cross it. They point out that the damaged area is not immediately adjacent to the river, but is set back over 1,000 feet.
Issues: Is County Road 29 located on an FCW?
Findings: No. Based on our discussions with the USACE, the embankment under Road 29 is a spoil bank left from some river bank work. It was not built as a flood control work, and does not constitute an eligible FCW.
Rationale: Response and Recovery Directorate Policy No. 4511.300 PO, EX-Policy for Rehabilitation assistance for Levees and Other Flood Control Works (the Levee Policy) dated September 11, 1996.