Summary: The levee along Cypress Creek, that protects the Ponderosa Joint Powers Agency (PJPA) Sewage Treatment Plant from flooding, sustained damage as a result of the declared event. DSR 31991 was prepared to document the damages, and was suspended pending the Architect-Engineer's (A&E) proposal for repair. On February 7, 1995, PJPA requested funding in the amount of $326,554 based on a contractor's bid for the levee repairs. The proposed work included work that exceeded what was necessary to restore the facility to its pre-disaster condition, including driving sheetpiling and adding rip rap as hazard mitigation. DSR 31991 was approved in the amount of $88,866 with a scope of work that included setting back the levee and placing rip rap for slope protection. The set-back was determined to be what was required to restore the damaged levee, and the rip rap was included as hazard mitigation. PJPA's first appeal was denied, because a benefit/cost analysis showed that the sheet pile alternative was not cost beneficial hazard mitigation. However, a technical review performed during the first appeal concluded that a longer set back would have been required. The funding was increased to $102,673 to include the cost of the 170 linear feet of set-back, rip rap slope protection for the creek bank, and an engineering and design allowance. PJPA stated in their second appeal that 170 linear feet of set back would not have been a feasible alternative, and they are requesting that FEMA provide full funding for their selected alternative.
Issues: 1) Should FEMA adjust the cost estimate for restoration of the levee?
2) Should FEMA provide additional funding for hazard mitigation?
Findings: 1) No. The funding provided to date would have been sufficient to restore the facility to its pre-disaster function.
2) No. FEMA has provided funding for a cost effective hazard mitigation alternative.
Rationale: The Stafford Act allows for the cost of repairing a public facility only to a condition as it existed immediately prior to a major disaster. Funding for cost effective hazard mitigation measure is available on a discretionary basis.