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Cleanup of Mudflow Debris Now Expected to Begin in September

Post Date:07/19/2019 4:00 PM

The cleanup of debris from the mudflow that struck Sausalito's Hurricane Gulch neighborhood on February 14 is now expected to begin in early September 2019. The work will take approximately 90 days to complete.

City staff had been working on a plan that would have seen debris removal begin in late July, soon after a July 16 City Council vote on a contract with a construction firm. However, in advance of the July 16 meeting, staff learned that the City had failed to follow federal requirements related to socioeconomic contracting in its bid process. In order to comply with these federal requirements, the City now has to rebid the debris removal contract, a process that will continue into late August.

The City Council and City staff sincerely apologize for the delay. If the City fails to comply with federal requirements, we could lose our eligibility to be reimbursed for debris removal expenses estimated to be in excess of $1 million. The Council has given City Manager Adam Politzer the authority to approve a contract with a qualified bidder so that work can begin as soon as possible after the rebid process concludes.

The City is reaching out to property owners affected by the mudflow to schedule one-on-one meetings to discuss debris removal on private property and the process for identifying and separating personal property, among other topics. Renters affected by the mudflow will also be contacted about the process for recovering personal property. If you are a renter or property owner affected by the mudflow who has not yet received a letter from the City, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (415) 289-4134.

Further details on the status of the debris removal contract and the expected start date for the project will be published in Sausalito Currents and on the City website when available. Debris removal is expected to take place Monday through Saturday between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. so that the project can be substantially complete before the advent of the rainy season. Residents of Hurricane Gulch should expect a significant amount of noise, as well as impacts to traffic circulation and parking.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FEBRUARY 14 MUDFLOW
READ THE FAQ ABOUT THE DEBRIS REMOVAL PROCESS
WATCH A KPIX NEWS REPORT ABOUT THE DELAY TO DEBRIS CLEANUP
WATCH THE MUDFLOW ITEM FROM THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON JULY 16
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