May 21 - May 25, 2018

New reports indicate that the Federal Emergency Management Agency may not reimburse California fully for repairs to the Oroville Dam. Should FEMA step in to help?


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No. A failure analysis showed that years of neglect on the part of the state led to the problems at the dam; that's not a natural disaster. 87%
Yes. The problems came about due to heavy rains, and the state can't bear the costs of the disaster alone. 11%
Other (please explain in the comments section). 2%


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Tagged categories: Government; Locks and dams; Program/Project Management

Comment from Michael Halliwell, (5/22/2018, 11:32 AM)

I can see some short term funds from FEMA for immediate work associated with when the disaster was fresh (i.e. enough to have a temporary fix when things were pressing), but otherwise, the onus on this one falls squarely on the state...negligence in maintenance is not an excuse.


Comment from Tony Rangus, (5/23/2018, 10:39 AM)

California could make some cash by reselling those bad rails.


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