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Flood Damage Reduction

This program aims to reduce flood damage by constructing levees, floodwalls and other structural and non-structural projects. The Corps of Engineers shares the cost of these projects with states and local communities. The Corps also assists states in floodplain management and maintains large federally owned dams and levees.


What This Rating Means

Results Not Demonstrated

A rating of Results Not Demonstrated (RND) indicates that a program has not been able to develop acceptable performance goals or collect data to determine whether it is performing.
  • The program lacks information on how completed flood damage reduction projects help reduce the Nation's overall flood damages on an annual or long-term basis. The Corps can estimate, however, the economic and environmental return from flood projects under design or construction, and these estimates are used to set funding priorities for the program's budget each year.
  • Greater coordination is needed among this program, FEMA mitigation programs, the National Flood Insurance Program and states and local communities that set floodplain management policies. The lack of coordination between these entities can result in increased or unaddressed risk to communities in flood hazard areas.
  • The program's state and local partners offten do not make citizens sufficiently aware of their actual flood risks by publicizing regional flood plain management plans to reduce the impact of future flood events in the project area. Anecdotal evidence also indicates that state and local partners may not be properly maintaining completed flood projects to ensure the level of protection over time.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Collecting performance information on the actual contribution of completed flood damage reduction projects toward reducing the Nation's overall flood damages.
  • Conducting two pilot projects to improve coordination among Federal and non-Federal programs involved in reducing flood damages.
  • Funding an inventory of the Nation's flood and storm damage reduction infrastructure and development of a methodology for assessing the risk and level of protection provided from completed projects.

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