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Second Appeal Brief
PA ID# 081-54806-00; City of Pacifica
PW ID# Project Worksheet 440; Olympian Way
FEMA-1646-DR-CA; City of Pacifica; Project Worksheet 440
Slope Stabilization, Emergency Work
Heavy rains during winter storms between March 29, 2006, and April 19, 2006, caused the uphill embankment near 304 Olympian Way to slip out and deposit soil and rock on the roadway. FEMA prepared permanent work (category C) Project Worksheet (PW) 440 for $626,313 to erect a soldier pile retaining wall. FEMA determined that the project was ineligible and obligated PW 440 at $0 because there was no damage to the road or to the integral ground supporting it.
In its first appeal, the Applicant requested that FEMA fund a 158-foot soldier pile retaining wall to stabilize the slope as an eligible emergency protective measure. The Deputy Regional Administrator partially approved the Applicant’s appeal. Based on two site inspections and on the information provided by the Applicant and its consulting engineers, the Deputy Regional Administrator determined that the soldier pile wall was a cost-effective solution for the northern 102-foot section of slope. Due to the more moderate grade of the 56-foot southern section of the slope, the Deputy Regional Administrator asserted that a soldier pile retaining wall was not cost-effective. FEMA prepared PW 869 for $138,056 to reflect the costs associated with the construction of the 102-foot northern section of the soldier pile retaining wall.
In its second appeal, the Applicant provided an additional geotechnical report that stated that alternate treatments most likely involving the installation of rip-rap would not have been more cost-effective.
Has the Applicant submitted sufficient justification for the additional 56 feet of soldier pile wall?
44 CFR §§206.225(a)(3) and 206.221(c);