Citation: FEMA-1671-DR-WA, Cowlitz County, Ogden Road and Embankment Repair, Project Worksheet (PW) 688
Reference: Work Eligibility; Landslides
Summary: Heavy rains from November 2, 2006, through November 11, 2006, caused the embankment supporting a section of Ogden Road to fail and damage a 25-foot-long by 4-foot-wide section of the road shoulder. The Applicant’s consultant recommended reconstructing the embankment using quarry spalls, repairing the damaged shoulder, and extending a well head located at the base of the slope. In order to reconstruct a stable slope, the well head would have to be buried. FEMA determined that the scope of work recommended by the Applicant’s consultant is above and beyond what is necessary to restore the damaged facility, and recommended a review of the project by a geotechnical specialist. Based on the geotechnical specialist’s conclusions, FEMA obligated PW 688 on May 21, 2008, for $24,788 for the restoration of the embankment. The approved scope of work does not include extending a well casing at the toe of the slope.
The Applicant submitted a first appeal requesting that FEMA approve the scope of work recommended by its consultant. The Applicant asserted that FEMA’s approved scope of work is not feasible due to access and slope stability issues. FEMA denied the Applicant’s first appeal stating that FEMA’s approved scope of work is feasible, and that the Applicant’s proposed repair is not a cost-effective alternative for slope restoration.
The Applicant submitted a second appeal, reiterating its position.
Issues: 1. Is the Applicant’s proposed repair method the most cost-effective alternative for stabilizing the slope?
2. Is the approved scope of work sufficient to repair disaster-related damages?
Findings: 1. No.
2. No. The extension of the well casing is justified as part of the repair.
Rationale: Response and Recovery Policy 9524.2, Landslides and Slope Failures