PA ID# 083-99083-00; County of Santa Barbara
PW ID# PW1488; Debris Removal from Sediment Basins
Citation: FEMA-1577-DR-CA, County of Santa Barbara, Project Worksheet #1488, Debris Removal from Sediment Basins
Cross-reference: Debris Removal, Timeline for Debris Removal, Work Eligibility
Summary: Severe Winter Storms hit California from December 27, 2004, to January 11, 2005, (FEMA-1577-DR-CA) resulting in high velocity storm water surges and flooding that deposited sediment and other debris into five debris sediment basins owned and maintained by the County of Santa Barbara. Project Worksheet (PW) 1488 was prepared for $785,299 to reimburse costs related to work completed by the County to restore the basins to their pre-disaster condition. In February 2005, a second round of winter storms hit California (FEMA-1585-DR-CA), but did not result in a declaration for the County. As a result of these storms, additional debris was washed into the Countys sediment basins. FEMA determined that any debris removal subsequent to February 16, 2004, (the onset of the second-round of storms) was not related to the declared event. The County claims that FEMA-1577-DR-CA dislodged the debris, which was subsequently flushed into the basins following the February rains. It also states that it should be given six months to remove debris. The Countys first appeal asked for an additional $202,938 to remove debris after February 16, 2004. FEMA denied this appeal by letter dated May 10, 2006. The Countys second appeal dated July 6, 2006, asks for an additional $611,144.
Issues: 1. Was debris removal subsequent to February 16, 2004, a result of the declared disaster event?
2. Should the County be allowed to continue debris operations for six months after the incident period?
Findings: 1. No.
2. No, the six-month timeframe is given for the removal of disaster-related debris.