Citation: FEMA-1817-DR-WA, Cowlitz County, Kalama River Road Damage and Slope Stabilization, Project Worksheet (PW) 1767
Reference:Pre-Disaster Condition, Landslide, Roads
Summary: Heavy rains in January 2009 resulted in the cracking of and approximately 6 inches of displacement to a portion of Kalama River Road roughly 100 feet in length. FEMA approved PW 1767 in the amount of $9,040 to repair the damaged roadway surface and base. FEMA specifically excluded the cost of site stabilization and restoration of integral ground based on a determination that the slope was unstable and that there was evidence of pre-existing instability at the site. The Applicant submitted a first appeal on November 4, 2009, requesting reconsideration of funding for site stabilization, contending that the site was stable prior to the event. FEMA Region X denied the first appeal based on geotechnical reports prepared by the Applicant’s consultant and FEMA’s geotechnical consultant, which both identified the type of native soils being susceptible to instability. In addition, FEMA determined that the depth of the asphalt overlays at the site supported evidence of prior site movement. The Applicant submitted a second appeal on November 18, 2010, requesting FEMA reconsider eligibility of funding for site stabilization activities in the amount of $575,000. As a review of the available documentation finds no direct evidence of prior site instability and an inclinometer installed at the site shows an insignificant degree of movement of the slope since the event, cost effective stabilization of the site and restoration of integral ground are eligible for reimbursement.
Issues: 1. Was the declared event the cause of the damage to the Kalama River Road site?
2. Is site stabilization of the damaged section of Kalama River Road eligible for reimbursement?
Findings: 1. Yes. There is no evidence of prior site instability.
2. Yes. Region X staff will work with the Applicant to determine a cost effective stabilization solution.
Rationale:Section 406 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; Recovery Policy RP9524.2, Landslides and Slope Failures; Public Assistance Guide, FEMA 322, June 2007