PA ID# 097-56784-00; City of Petaluma
PW ID# 3329; Petaluma River Channel Embankment
Citation: FEMA-1628-DR-CA, City of Petaluma, Petaluma River Channel Embankment, PW 3329
Cross-Reference: Eligible Facility; Codes and Standards
Summary: Flooding caused by severe winter storms damaged the Petaluma River channel embankment in the City of Petaluma (Applicant). The flooding eroded 120 feet of the embankment and rip rap. The Applicant requested a change of scope to include the cost of permitting, engineering, repair, and environmental mitigation in the amount of $335,467. FEMA de-obligated previously approved funding stating that the embankment was not an eligible facility because it was a natural, unimproved embankment and denied the Applicant’s request for the change of scope. The Applicant states that the embankment was previously armored with rip rap that was washed away as a result of the disaster event; and it is therefore an eligible facility in accordance with Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations (44 CFR) §206.201(c) Definitions used in this subpart, Facility. The Applicant also maintains that the compromised integrity of the Copeland Sewer Station would have been catastrophic to the health, safety and welfare of the entire City as well as to the San Francisco Bay.
Issues: 1. Was the natural embankment improved and maintained at the time of the disaster?
2. Is the change in scope of work in the amount of $335,467 submitted by the Applicant eligible for Public Assistance funding?
Findings: 1. Yes.
2. Yes, partially. An additional $115,431 in funding is considered eligible to restore the Petaluma River channel embankment to its pre-disaster condition.
Rationale: Section 406(e) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; 44 CFR §206.226(d) Restoration of damaged facilities, Standards; 44 CFR §206.201(c) Definitions used in this subpart, Facility