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Second Appeal Summary
PA ID# 035-31020-00; City of Hattiesburg
DSR ID# xxxx; Debris Removal
FEMA-1604-DR-MS, City of Hattiesburg, Debris Removal
FEMA approved funding for the removal of trees on public and private property that were damaged or killed by saltwater intrusion in Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson Counties because they posed an immediate threat to life, public health, and safety. On February 15, 2007, FEMA denied a request for assistance for the removal of trees in several other counties, including Forrest County and the City of Hattiesburg, because the Applicant did not demonstrate that the disaster directly damaged the trees and it did not demonstrate that the trees posed an immediate threat to life, public health and safety. The Applicant submitted its first appeal to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) on May 16, 2007, one month beyond the appeal deadline as required by 44 CFR §206.206(c)(1). MEMA forwarded the appeal to FEMA on August 28, 2007, over two months past its deadline. FEMA denied the first appeal on November 27, 2007, because the Applicant did not submit it in timely manner and it lacked sufficient justification for an extension of time for debris removal and emergency protective measures over two years after the declared event. In its second appeal, the Applicant is requesting approximately $375,000the estimated cost to remove 1,316 trees. The Applicant had not removed the trees at the time it submitted its second appeal.
Has the Applicant demonstrated that Hurricane Katrina directly damaged or killed trees located outside the saltwater surge zone?
44 CFR §206.224(a)