PA ID# 071-06A69-00; Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans
PW ID# Project Worksheet 4165; Replacement of Anti-theft Devices for Fire Hydrants
Citation:FEMA-1603-DR-LA, Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans,
Replacement of Anti-Theft Devices for Fire Hydrants,
Project Worksheet (PW) 4165
Cross-reference: Regulatory Timeline
Summary: As a result of Hurricane Katrina, the Sewage and Water Board of New Orleans (Applicant) cited the need to replace 12,000 anti-theft devices on fire hydrants. FEMA prepared PW 4165 for $3 Million to fund the replacement of these anti-theft devices. FEMA representatives performed a site inspection and determined pre-disaster corrosion damage
existed. Thus, the project was deemed ineligible and PW 4165 was obligated for $0 on February 10, 2006.
The Applicants first appeal was denied as they did not substantiate the anti-theft devices were badly corroded and inoperable as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The Applicant submitted its second appeal approximately six months after the regulatory deadline. Included in the second appeal was a request to meet with FEMA representatives. A meeting occurred on December 16, 2008,
which provided the Applicant an opportunity to present a summary of
information. However, the Applicant failed to address extenuating
circumstances to justify a six-month delay in submitting its second appeal.
Issues:Did the Applicant submit its second appeal within the regulatory timeframe?