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Levee Certification Status in FEMA Region VI. USACE Red River Levee Meeting Texarkana, Arkansas SW Arkansas Electric CO-OP January 30, 2009 Guy Lowes, P.E., FEMA Region VI. Outline – Levee Accreditation FEMA Region 6. Presentation Outline. Federal Accreditation Regulations

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Levee certification status in fema region vi

Levee Certification Status in FEMA Region VI

USACE Red River Levee Meeting

Texarkana, Arkansas

SW Arkansas Electric CO-OP

January 30, 2009

Guy Lowes, P.E., FEMA Region VI


Outline levee accreditation fema region 6
Outline – Levee Accreditation FEMA Region 6

Presentation Outline

  • Federal Accreditation Regulations

  • Responsibilities

  • Mapping & Certification Status in FEMA Region VI

  • FEMA Region 6/ USACE Vicksburg District Study Details

  • Questions


Regulations levee accreditation
Regulations – Levee Accreditation

  • Levee Accreditation Regulations

    • Interim Levee Policy (February 10, 1981)

    • 44CFR65.10 (August 25, 1986)

  • Integrating Levee Certification into the Map Modernization Program is new.

    • Procedure Memorandum 34 (August 22, 2005)

      • Interim Guidance for Studies Including Levees

    • Procedure Memorandum 43 (September 25, 2006)

    • Revised Procedure Memorandum 43 (March 16, 2007)

      • Guidelines for Identifying Provisionally Accredited Levees


Fema responsibilities
FEMA Responsibilities

FEMA is responsible for the following:

  • Establishing/reflecting appropriate risk zone determinations on flood maps

    • Accredit levees that meet the criteria of 44CFR65.10 as providing protection from the 1% annual chance flood based on the certification provided by levee owner

    • Not accredit levees as providing protection that are not or cannot be shown to meet criteria of 44CFR65.10

  • Establishing mapping standards


Responsibilities of others
Responsibilities of Others

FEMA is not responsible for any of the following:

  • CERTIFYING LEVEES

  • Designing, constructing, operating, or maintaining levee systems

  • Examining levees

  • Determining how a structure or system will perform in a flood event