Flood Hazard Reduction Program

Reducing Future Flood Damage

The goals of the flood hazard reduction program are to:

  • Implement projects that reduce future flood damages.
  • Minimize expenditures to repair damaged areas.
  • Characterize flood problems.
  • Evaluate alternatives to solve problems.

Examples of flood hazard reduction projects are:

  • Construction of setback levees and overflow spillways.
  • Designation of overflow corridors in over-bank areas.
  • Acquisition of properties with repetitive flooding.

The development of flood hazard reduction projects ensures:

  • Problems are not transferred to another location within the basin. 
  • Project implementation will result in long-term reduction in flood damages.
  • Reduction in public expenditures throughout the basin.
Before Acquisition Project
After Acquisition Project
Pictured above: Property on Marine Drive that experienced repetitive flooding before and after acquisition project.

Project Implementation

Flood hazard reduction projects can be either structural or nonstructural. The process includes detailed analysis, design, permitting, and construction.

  • Structural measures include setback levees, overflow spillways, and overflow corridors in over-bank areas.
  • Non-structural projects include acquisition, relocation, and elevation of flood-prone structures.