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PA ID# 113-12000-00; City of Cedar Rapids
PW ID# 6957, 10339, 10459 and 10436; Demolition
Citation: FEMA-1763-DR-IA, City of Cedar Rapids, Demolition, Project Worksheets (PW) 6957, 10339, 10459 and 10436
Summary: The Applicant argues that more than 700 homes were so severely damaged that demolition and debris removal were required to eliminate immediate threats to life and property. The Applicant contends that FEMA determined that all of its demolition costs for the removal of concrete slabs, foundations, and basements are ineligible expenses. However, FEMA determined that these expenses were conditionally eligible provided that the Applicant could demonstrate that the slabs present an immediate threat to public health and safety. The Applicant has not demonstrated, via testing, that slabs of these damaged structures present an immediate threat to public health and safety.
Issue: Is the removal of slabs an eligible demolition expense?
Rationale: Disaster Assistance Policy 9523.4, Demolition of Private Structures, dated July 17, 2007.