• Living with levees is a shared responsibility; it’s up to everyone to know their risk, know their role, and take action to reduce their risk.
  • Through flood studies and updated maps, communities are receiving better information about the flood risks where they live and work.
  • Share this information with your friends and neighbors. Know your risk and have a plan before a flood event impacts your community. Contact your local Floodplain Administrator, and visit riskmap6.com, FloodSmart.gov and Ready.gov for more information on flood risk levels and how to prepare.

Levees – Living with Risk

  • Flooding is the number one natural disaster in the United States; it is vital that property owners understand their risk and take advantage of available options, including flood insurance.
  • No levee system provides full protection from all events, but they do reduce impacts during certain flood events.
  • There is always a residual risk of flooding from events that exceed the capacity of levee systems.
  • Properties behind levees not only face risks associated with large tropical storms, but floods caused by larger or lengthy rainfall events as well.
  • Levees can and do deteriorate over time and must be maintained to retain their effectiveness. When levees fail, the results can be catastrophic.
  • People impacted by levee systems need to understand the flood risks they face and take proactive steps to address them.
  • FEMA strongly encourages citizens living and working behind levees to take action to reduce the risk to their families, businesses, and property.  Those risk reduction actions include:
    • Purchasing flood insurance through the NFIP
    • Adhering to local floodplain management regulations when constructing or substantially improving your building
    • Familiarizing yourself with local evacuation procedures and having a family or business emergency plan in place
    • Consider floodproofing and other protective measures such as elevating furnaces, water heaters, and electrical panels
  • Local communities should remain engaged in flood risk management activities while their mapping projects are ongoing.
  • Living together in our communities, we have a shared responsibility to reduce flood risks to lives and property in areas behind levees.