Levee Safety Principles

  • A levee.Levees do not eliminate flood risk, but can work to provide critical time for local emergency management officials to safely evacuate residents.


  • It is important to communicate accurate and timely information about the risk of living and working behind levees so informed decisions can be made about safety.  


  • Levee safety is a component of a broader flood risk management approach.  


  • A sustainable, systems, and collaborative approach is the most effective way to manage and assess levees and other flood risk reduction methods.  


  •  Levee safety is a shared responsibility.  


  •  Levee safety actions should be incorporated into a community's Hazard Mitigation Plan.