HOUSTON - Supervisory Natural Resources Manager Richard Long (right), Houston Project Office for the USACE Galveston District, speaks with a Harris County officer during a flood event in Houston.
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The Corps of Engineers may provide emergency assistance for flood response and post flood response activities to save lives and protect improved property (public facilities/services) during or following a flood or coastal storm. Assistance to individual homeowners and businesses is not permitted. This includes agricultural lands. Emergency Operations assistance will be undertaken to supplement state and local efforts. Non-federal interests must commit all available resources. This includes manpower, supplies, equipment, funds, etc. Flood fighting measures are applicable to any flood control structures or other areas that provide public service, regardless of whether it is Federal, public or private. The Corps has no authority under Public Law 84-99 to reimburse local communities for costs of their own emergency activities.
Advance measures prior to predicted flooding consist of those activities performed to protect against loss of life and damage to improved property from flooding. There must be an imminent threat of flooding present before advance measures can be considered. The threat must be of a nature that if action is not taken immediately, damages will be incurred.
Type of Assistance Provided by the Corps
*Strengthening of federal and non-federal flood control structures.
*Construction of temporary levees to protect life and improved property.
*Channel clearance and dredging of federal projects to restore original design capacity.
*Relieving threat of flooding from possible dam failures by dewatering the impoundment, controlled breaching or strengthening of the structure.
Criteria for Corps of Engineers Assistance
*An imminent threat of unusual flooding must exist. The threat must be established by National Weather Service forecasts or by Corps determinations of unusual flooding from adverse conditions.
*A written request from the governor for Corps assistance is required. Request must be technically feasible and economically justified.
*Advance measures assistance will be in support of state and local on-going or planned efforts. Non-federal interests must commit all available resources (manpower, supplies, equipment, funds, etc.)
Duration of Assistance
Corps assistance terminates when the emergency is over (flood waters have receded within top bank or some other predetermined stage).