Summary: On August 13, 2004, Hurricane Charley (FEMA-1539-DR-FL) struck the City of Winter Springs, Florida, causing damage throughout the City. Project Worksheet (PW) 159 was prepared for $5,538,541.74 to fund debris removal from roads and public right-of-ways. A portion of the PW, in the amount of $379,957.65, was subsequently de-obligated because some of the debris was removed from gated communities and federal-aid roads within the City. The City submitted its first appeal on August 18, 2005. FEMA denied this appeal in a letter dated April 19, 2006. It stated that the City had not shown that it was legally responsible for removing debris from private property, it was not in the public interest and the applicant had not acquired right-of-entry/hold harmless agreements from property owners. The City submitted its second appeal on July 14, 2006. It asked FEMA to reconsider its previous denial and provided additional documentation to support its position.
Issues: 1. Did the City demonstrate that it was legally responsible for debris removal from private property?
2. Is debris removal from federal-aid roads eligible for public assistance funding?
Findings: 1. No.
2. No, the Federal Highway Administration provides funding for this.