The City of Rancho Palos Verdes is honored and grateful to be selected as a recipient of $23.33 million from FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities grant program to slow the Portuguese Bend Landslide, one of the largest continuously active landslides in the U.S. This is the largest grant award ever secured by the City.
The City was named a recipient on August 28, 2023, when FEMA announced nearly $3 billion in awards to help communities build resilience against extreme weather events and proactively reduce natural hazard risks, including $1.8 billion in Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program awards. This funding for the proposed Portuguese Bend Landslide Remediation Project will help make it possible for the City to significantly reduce land movement in the 240-acre landslide, which has significantly damaged homes, utilities, and infrastructure for nearly seven decades. To complete the estimated $33 million project, the City will work to identify funding opportunities for about $10 million needed in non-federal matching funds.
In addition to FEMA, the CIty thanks Cal OES, Hagerty Consulting, Hout Engineering, and Lisa Scola of Scola & Associates for their work on the City’s grant application. We also thank elected representatives who have lent their support to the City’s efforts to address the landslide, including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Rep. Ted Lieu., California Sen. Ben Allen, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, California Sen. Steven Bradford, L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn, and L.A. County Assessor Jeff Prang, as well as neighboring agencies on the Peninsula.
Learn more by reading a press release (PDF).