PA ID# 073-66000; City of San Diego
DSR ID# 01355, 96432; Crown Point Drive sinkholes
Citation: FEMA-1203-DR-CA; City of San Diego; PA ID 073-66000; DSR 01355/96432
Cross Reference: El Ni?o storms and floods; Sewer system damage; Deferred maintenance; eligible facility repairs.
Summary: The City of San Diego requested federal disaster assistance following the 1998 storms caused by El Ni?o to repair damages its storm drain system sustained. The City requested funds to replace 235 linear feet of corrugated metal that sustained damage with reinforced concrete pipe (RCP), and to repair two sinkholes that had developed on private property. FEMA wrote DSR 01355 for $34,938 but only approved it for $14,111 to repair the pipeline between the sinkholes. It was determined that the sewer system suffered from deferred maintenance. The City requested an independent FEMA/State review of the determination and a review team was appointed. The team made a recommendation to install 88 feet of reinforced concrete pipe and fill the sinkholes. The City appealed the recommendation on May 24, 1999, requesting that FEMA reinstate the entire draft DSR for $34,938. The Regional Director denied the appeal because the applicant had failed to show that the portion of the sewer system was damaged by the incident. The Regional Director also determined that because the sewer system suffered from deferred maintenance prior to the incident, funding for its repair was not eligible. DSR 01355 was deobligated. The City has now submitted its second appeal in which it concedes that the sewer system was in a deteriorated condition before the disaster and is not requesting repairs to the system. However, it still requests that FEMA reinstate DSR 01355 for $14,111 to replace 88 linear feet of RCP between the two sinkholes that developed when the pipeline collapsed.
Issue: Should FEMA reimburse the City for repairs to its storm drains that collapsed causing sinkholes on private property?
Findings: FEMA accepts the determination of the independent FEMA /State review team that federal assistance should pay for the repairs to the sinkholes including 88 linear feet of RCP between the sinkholes and at the outlet ends of the section.