Flood Risk Management


About the Program

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers established the Flood Risk Management Program in May of 2006 for two primary purposes:

  • To work across the agency to focus the policies, programs and expertise of the Corps toward reducing overall flood risk, including reducing the risk of loss of life, reducing long-term economic damages to the public and private sector, and improving the natural environment.
  • To convene and facilitate dialogue at all levels of government and with other key interests (e.g., national organizations and the private sector) to develop a national vision for flood risk management.

The flood risk management mission is one of the Corps’ three core Civil Works mission areas.  The Corps seek to reduce the threat to life and property from riverine flooding and coastal storms.

Vision: a United States whose economy, society, and natural landscapes are well-positioned to withstand, recover from, and adapt to ever-changing flood risks.
Mission: to increase capabilities across all aspects of USACE to improve decisions made internally and externally that affect the Nation's flood risk.
  • Program Proponent (Director of Contingency Operations and Office of Homeland Security)
  • Program Director (Deputy Chief, Office of Homeland Security)

The Flood Risk Management Program is housed within the Corps Civil Works mission.

  • Organizational Chart html | pdf (246 KB)
  • Manage information about 90,000 dams in the U.S. in the National Inventory of Dams in order to identify and communicate risks.
  • Manage and communicate risks associated with approximately 14,000 miles of levees within the USACE portfolio.
  • Provide states, counties, and cities with floodplain information and technical assistance needed to plan for prudent use of flood-prone lands.
  • With local non-Federal sponsors, plan and construct projects authorized to address flood risk in a community or watershed.
  • Promote development and use of nonstructural flood risk reduction measures.
  • Flood fighting support for communities at a Governor’s request, including providing technical engineering advice, sandbags and pumps, as well as building emergency levees or dikes.
  • Respond after flood disasters to support immediate emergency response priorities, sustain lives, and begin recovery efforts by assessing and restoring critical infrastructure.
  • Assess potential climate change impacts, including impacts to flood and coastal storm infrastructure, and consider adaptation measures.
  • Partner with states, in collaboration with other Federal and/or tribal and local agencies, to leverage available resources to address state priorities and reduce flood risk.
  • Coordinate and align flood risk management efforts among Federal agencies through participation in the Federal Interagency Floodplain Management Task Force (FIFM-TF).