Village of Dodge, NE, Levee Project
|Applicant||Nebraska Emergency Management Agency|
o The Village of Dodge, Nebraska submitted an HMGP application through the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for HMGP funding of a proposed levee project. The project was not approved under HMGP, and a 1st level appeal was denied by Region VII.
• Reason for Denial
o Information in support of the HMGP application and the 1st appeal was not adequate for a determination of HMGP eligibility by Region VII. Issues included the need for evaluation of alternatives, questions over the amount and sources of non-federal cost share, and the need for evaluation of potential environmental issues.
o 44 CFR 206.434 - HMGP Eligibility; 44 CFR 206.440 - Appeals
o The Applicant, NEMA, supported the 2nd appeal to overturn the 1st appeal denial, regarding the HMGP ineligibility of the proposed project to construct the levee proposed by the Village of Dodge; additional information was needed to enable a determination in favor of the proposed project and HMGP eligibility.
• FEMA Findings
o The 2nd appeal decision overturned the 1st appeal denial, approving HMGP funding in support of the Village of Dodge Levee project.
o The rationale for 2nd appeal approval was based on information developed through engineering analysis, previously unavailable to Region VII, and the subapplicant’s agreement to consider non-structural options for mitigating flood hazards as identified through community planning assistance. The approval was conditioned on an update of the previously completed environmental assessment and a Finding of No Significant Impact, if made necessary due to subsequent modifications to the levee design.
o Reference(s): 44 CFR 206.434 - HMGP Eligibility; 44 CFR 206.440 - Appeals
Acting Assistant Director
Nebraska Army National Guard
Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
1300 Military Road
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
1. HMGP eligibi1ity - The levee proposed by the Village of Dodge is eligible for HMGP funding.
2. FEMA project cost-share - The applicant's original proposed total construction cost estimate was approximately $400,000. Based on the availability of new information and subsequent design modifications to the levee, JEO Engineers revised the original cost estimate to $859,000. FEMA agreed to support the proposed mitigation project based on the applicant's original proposed total construction cost estimate of $400,000. Though the project was originally submitted under DR-908-NE, with an associated 50/50 cost-share, the State expressed interest in possibly funding the project under a disaster with an associated 75/25 cost-share. Therefore, if the State chooses to fund the project under DR-908-NE, FEMA will provide $200,000 in project funding. If, on the other hand, the State chooses to fund the project under a disaster with a 75/25 cost-share, then FEMA will provide $300,000 in project funding. The State, along with the community agreed to secure the additional funding required to meet the difference between the Federal/State share and the revised cost estimate of $859,000.
3. National Environmental Policy Act issues - There are no apparent outstanding environmental issues. An update of the previously completed environmental assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact may be necessary due to subsequent modifications to the levee design.
the most flood prone structures from the southern to the northern side of the Village. Whether a structural or non-structural project is pursued, FEMA is committed to supporting the Village of Dodge in the flood mitigation project of their choice.
Also during the course of these discussions, it was decided that there are no outstanding appeal issues remaining. As such, our Regional Office in Kansas City will now take the lead on finalization of this project or any alternative. Should the Village of Dodge wish to pursue an alternative project identified under the community planning assistance, they would be required to submit a new project application for consideration under the standard HMGP eligibility review process. Our Regional Office stands ready to provide whatever assistance is necessary.
Again, I wish to express my sincere appreciation for your cooperation and patience throughout this evaluation process. If you have any questions or concerns with this determination, please contact either me at (202) 646-4622; or Mr. Craig Wingo, Deputy Associate Director for Mitigation, at (202) 646-3026.
Associate Director for Mitigation