The City of Oak Ridge has received a $17,389 grant to cover some costs associated with a landslide at the access road to the water treatment plant above the Y-12 National Security Complex in 2019.
The estimated costs of the repairs are $384,444, Oak Ridge Public Works Director Patrick Berge said in a memo to City Manager Mark Watson.
The city began talking to the Federal Emergency Management Agency immediately after the landslide, and the discussions included potential future reimbursements, Berge said. The $17,389 partial reimbursement is through the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.
“This reimbursement is for the work performed along the road shoulder and repairs made directly to the road,” Berge said. “The slope repairs and stabilization have not been approved for reimbursement at this time.”
He said the city has appealed FEMA’s determination that additional reimbursements are not justified.
“Accepting the current grant does not prevent the city from continuing this appeal and does not affect the potential for further reimbursement,” Berge said.
The Oak Ridge City Council accepted the grant on Monday evening.
The landslide was caused by heavy rains in February 2019.
The city is building a new water plant at the city’s water intake on the Clinch River.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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