FEMA Publishes Operating Guidance

30 Oct 2013 10:10 AM | Office Manager (Administrator)

FEMA Publishes Operating Guidance for Non-Accredited Levee Analysis and Mapping


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Risk MAP program provides State, Tribal, and community officials with information on flood hazards and tools they can use to enhance their Hazard Mitigation Plans and take other actions to better protect their citizens.  


FEMA has published Operating Guidance 12-13, Non- Accredited Levee Analysis and Mapping Guidance. This document provides guidance to FEMA Regional Offices, Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP), and contractor staff that manage or perform flood risk projects where non-accredited levee systems have been identified. Operating Guidance documents provide best practices for the FEMA Risk MAP program. These guidance documents are intended to support current FEMA standards and facilitate effective and efficient implementation of these standards.


Recently, FEMA conducted a review of its procedures for analyzing and mapping flood hazards behind non-accredited levee systems. As a result of this review, FEMA has developed new analysis and mapping procedures for non-accredited levee systems, as documented in Analysis and Mapping Procedures for Non-Accredited Levees released in July 2013. Non-accredited levee systems are levee systems that do not meet all requirements outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at Title 44, Chapter I, Section 65.10 (44 CFR 65.10) along the entire length of the levee system.  FEMA recognizes that levee systems that do not fully meet the requirements set forth in 44 CFR 65.10 may still provide a measure of flood risk reduction; for that reason, the Agency has developed a suite of procedures for providing a more refined depiction of flood hazards on affected Flood Insurance Rate Map panels.


For additional information, please visit the FEMA Final Levee Analysis and Mapping Approach webpage

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