Summary: The heavy rainfall during the storms of April 2006 reactivated a landslide that had experienced significant movements in 1998 and 2005. The active landslide is located within the area of a larger ancient landslide. FEMA prepared PW 607 in August 2006 for emergency protective measures in the form of surface water drainage and a tied-back soldier pile wall to protect Upper Scenic Drive at the easternmost edge of the active landslide. During final review, FEMA concluded that an immediate threat did not exist, and a geotechnical study needed to be performed prior to funding any emergency protective measures. Consequently, the PW amount was reduced to zero dollars. In response to the first appeal, FEMA revisited the site; however, FEMA’s position remained unchanged, and the appeal was denied. San Mateo County disputes FEMA’s decision and is requesting funding in the amount of $2,893,686 for emergency protective measures to maintain the stability of a section of Upper Scenic Drive and protect residential properties above the active landslide.
Issue: 1. Is the cost to stabilize a historic landslide eligible as an emergency protective measure?
Finding: 1. No. However, $24,936 that the Applicant spent on improving the drainage at the landslide is eligible.
Rationale: Section 403 of the Stafford Act; 44 CFR §206.225; 44 CFR §206.221(c); Response and Recovery Policy 9524.2, Landslide Policy Relating to Public Facilities.