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PA ID# 181-38280-00; City of Indianola
PW ID# 5899; Slope Failure
Citation: FEMA-1763-DR-IA, City of Indianola, Slope Failure, Project Worksheet
Reference: Slope Failure; Work Eligibility
Summary: Heavy rains from May 25, 2008, through August 13, 2008, resulted in a slope failure along an embankment north of the National Balloon Museum. The slope failure’s reach was 10 feet in proximity to the museum’s parking lot. The Applicant commissioned a geotechnical study report that concluded that the slope failure was a result of the placement of additional fill on the slope during the museum’s construction. On January 5, 2009, FEMA determined that permanent repairs to the failed slope are ineligible. The Applicant claims that the absence of a slope failure from 1988 to 2008 demonstrates that there was no presence of historical instability. Therefore, in the absence of historical instability, the Applicant’s project should be eligible under Recovery Policy 9524.2, Landslides and Slope Failures. However, the Applicant’s geotechnical analysis demonstrates that the slope has been unstable since its construction.
Issue: Is the slope historically unstable?
Rationale: Recovery Policy 9524.2, Landslides and Slope Failures dated May 23, 2006