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(Source: www.floodsmart.gov)
Living with Levees--It's a Shared Responsibility

While levees can help reduce the risk of flooding, it is important to remember that they do not eliminate the risk. Levees can and do deteriorate over time and must be maintained to retain their effectiveness. When levees fail, or are overtopped, the results can be catastrophic. In fact, the flood damage can be greater than if the levee had not been built. For those living or working near levees, it is important to understand the risk, learn the facts, and be aware of steps that can be taken to protect their families, businesses, and communities from the threat of flooding:

  • Home and Business Owners
  • Community Officials
  • Real Estate, Insurance, and Lending Professionals
  • Cooperating Technical Partners, Engineers, Surveyors, and Contractors
  • Media
(Source: http://www.fema.gov/living-levees-its-shared-responsibility)

, You Live Behind a Levee! Preparedness Guide Cover Page
So, You Live Behind a Levee! Preparedness Guide
Most people know that levees are built near rivers and lakes to reduce flooding risk, but what does it mean to live behind one? Are your home and loved ones safe from floods? How much protection does the levee really provide? What do you need to know to be safe?

The American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) public education booklet, So, You Live Behind a Levee!, was created to answer those questions and more, and to help individuals and communities better protect themselves against future flood threats. Written for both the engineering and non-engineering public, it covers issues such as flood size and risk, signs of trouble, ways to reduce risk, and how to prepare for and respond to emergencies. So, You Live Behind a Levee! will help you prepare now to protect against future threats. If you live near a levee, you shouldn't be without a copy.

(Source: American Society of Civil Engineers, http://www.asce.org)