PA ID# xxx-xxxxx; West Cameron Port Commission
DSR ID# xxx; Request for Public Assistance
FEMA-1607-DR-LA; West Cameron Port Commission; Request for Public Assistance
Cross- Request for Public Assistance; Time Limitations Reference:
The President declared a major disaster in Louisiana for Hurricane Rita on September 24, 2005. The deadline to submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) was March 1, 2006. Cameron Parish filed an RPA in October 2005, which was intended to cover all components of the parish government. The West Cameron Port Commission (Applicant) is affiliated with Cameron Parish, but submitted a separate RPA on March 1, 2007, to seek funding for dredging of the Calcasieu Pass (Cameron Loop), for which it has maintenance responsibility. The RPA was not accepted by FEMA because the deadline had expired. In its appeal, the Applicant identified that it initially functioned as a single entity with Cameron Parish to seek FEMA reimbursement for this work. However, it was later determined by the State that funding for dredging could not be pursued through Cameron Parish because the parish does not have legal responsibility for the work; and a separate RPA for the Applicant was required. The need for a separate RPA was not recognized earlier because the Applicant was involved in 2006 in disputes over waterway control and maintenance responsibility with Lake Charles Port Authority and United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
Did the Applicant identify extenuating circumstances that warrant acceptance of a late RPA?