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Cleanup from February 14 Mudslide Likely to Begin in Late July, Significant Impacts Expected

Post Date:05/31/2019 3:45 PM

Clean up of debris from the February 14 mudslide in Sausalito's Hurricane Gulch neighborhood is expected to begin in late July 2019, according to an update presented to the City Council on May 28. The update was provided by David Bracken, the City's interim director of public works, and Eric Vaughan and Michael McCormick of Harris & Associates, an engineering and disaster recovery firm that is advising the City.

During the week of June 3, the City will post a notice inviting bids on a project to remove debris from the mudslide site. Respondents to the bid notice will have 30 days to submit a bid. The City Council then expects to award a contract to the lowest qualified bidder at its meeting on July 16. Debris removal should begin soon after the contract is signed.

Total costs to the City associated with the initial cleanup are expected to exceed $1 million. If the City complies with all regulations related to the cleanup, up to 93.75% of those costs could be covered by state and federal sources like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Funds will be disbursed only after all cleanup work is completed and the City has been fully audited by funding sources.

Mudslide cleanup is likely to have significant impacts on the residents of Hurricane Gulch, including noise from machinery and traffic delays caused by trucks hauling debris. Among the decisions to be made by the City Council in July will be the allowed hours for cleanup. Work could proceed more quickly if the Council authorizes the operation of construction equipment outside of the hours allowed by the Sausalito Municipal Code (Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), e.g. Monday to Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The interim director of public works estimates that the cleanup will take a minimum of 30 days.

Further updates about mudslide cleanup will appear on the February 14 mudslide page on the City website and in forthcoming editions of Sausalito Currents. When available, information will also be published about support from Harris & Associates for individuals affected by the mudslide who are seeking state and federal disaster assistance.

Any questions about debris removal at the mudslide site may be directed to Interim Director of Public Works David Bracken at (415) 289-4176 or


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