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Second Appeal Brief
PA ID# 153-00000; Municipality of Yauco
PW ID# N/A; Time Extension Request
Citation: FEMA-1247-DR-PR, PA 153-00000, Municipality of Yauco, Time Extension Request
Cross-reference: Application Procedures, Time Limitations, Identification of Damage
Summary: Hurricane Georges hit Puerto Rico on September 21, 1998, causing major damage to infrastructure and the private sector. The President declared a major disaster on September 24, 1998, and the incident period was extended to October 27, 1998. FEMA was flexible in accepting project worksheets (PWs) after the established 60-day deadline because of the severity of damages. However, on March 4, 1999, FEMA informed Hurricane Georges applicants that it would not accept new PWs after March 24, 1999. On April 8, 1999, FEMA denied the Municipality's request for a time extension to inspect three additional damage sites. The Municipality appealed this decision. FEMA denied this appeal on September 30, 1999, stating that two of the large projects had been submitted for inspection prior to the deadline, but the remaining large project and 30 small project worksheets that were hand delivered on April 14, 1999, would not be considered. The Municipality submitted its second appeal on December 17, 1999. No new information is presented in the second appeal. The Municipality states that it did not know of the March 24, 1999, deadline prior to April 20, 1999. However, a time extension request submitted on March 18, 1999, makes reference to the deadline. The Grantee does not support the Municipality's request and the Municipality has not provided justification to support its time extension request in accordance with 44 CFR 206.202(f)(2).
Issues: 1) Did the applicant report disaster damage in accordance with FEMA regulations? 2) Did the applicant submit its project worksheets and inspection requests prior to the extended deadline? 3) Did the applicant submit justification for a time extension based on extenuating circumstances beyond its control?
Findings: 1) No. 2) No. 3) No.
Rationale: 44 CFR 206.202(d)(f)