PA ID# 057-99057-00; Skagit County
PW ID# 166; Cockreham Levee and Revetment
FEMA-1499-DR-WA; Skagit County, Cockreham Levee and Revetment, PW 166
Eligible Facility, Improved Property, Agricultural Land
Severe storms and flooding caused damages to the Cockreham Levee and Revetment and surrounding property. Damage to the levee included the loss of armoring and scouring. The revetment suffered loss of riprap and scouring behind the revetment in an area described as agricultural land. FEMA prepared Project Worksheet (PW) 166 to document damages but found that the facility was the responsibility of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) under the PL-84-99 program, and denied funding. PW 166 was obligated on February 20, 2004 for $0. The Applicant submitted a first appeal demonstrating that the Revetment was not a flood control facility and requested funding of various components of the damage. Total repair costs were estimated at $304,862. The Regional Director concurred that the revetment is an eligible facility but limited eligible funding to the repair of the constructed components. Funding was provided in the amount of $25,501. Amongst other items (not addressed in the second appeal), the Regional Director denied funding of the repair the land behind the revetment on the basis that it is unimproved, agricultural land. The Applicant’s second appeal is requesting funding in the amount of $132,000 to restore the scoured farmland on the basis that the damaged property is an integral component of the revetment structure, thus part of the public facility.
Is the scoured property an eligible facility?
No, the scoured land is unimproved, privately-owned agricultural land and does not provide any integral support of the constructed facility.