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Second Appeal Brief
PA ID# 069-55360-00; City of Pascagoula
PW ID# 8324; Debris Monitoring Costs
Citation: FEMA-1604-DR-MS; City of Pascagoula (Applicant)
Cross - Debris Monitoring and Removal Costs, Engineering Fees
Summary: Hurricane Katrina produced a storm surge that flooded the City of Pascagoula’s storm drainage system and deposited debris in culverts and drains throughout the city. Project Worksheet (PW) 8324 was prepared for debris removal, drain cleaning, and engineering fees. FEMA funded the full debris removal costs and some of the engineering fees. The engineering fees were more than 15 percent of the total project cost ($748,848) and FEMA determined that only 6.5 percent ($46,006) of the total engineering claim ($111,483) was eligible under Curve B of FEMA’s engineering and design services cost curves. The Applicant’s first appeal stated that the remaining $65,477 of engineering fees were for debris monitoring in compliance with Category A projects. The Applicant did not include any documentation of debris monitoring in the first appeal. In the second appeal, the Applicant is again requesting reimbursement for $65,477 of debris monitoring costs, and included detailed documentation of load tickets and monitoring information for the entire project.
Issues: Are monitoring expenses for removal of storm debris from drainage pipelines eligible costs in addition to engineering fees?
Findings: Yes. The Applicant provided sufficient evidence of debris monitoring.
Rationale: FEMA Public Assistance Guide (FEMA 322), pp 58-61, dated June 2007.