Emergency Advance Measures for Flood Prevention

To perform activities prior to flooding or flood fight that would assist in protecting against loss of life and damages to property due to flooding.

Examples of Funded Projects

Emergency drawdown of Spirit Lake, Washington; Emergency levee construction, Utah Lake, Provo, Utah; Temporary levee raising, Cowlitz River, Washington; and levee setback, Red River, Louisiana.

Agency - Department Of Defense

The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States through five major areas: peacekeeping and war-fighting efforts, Homeland Security, evacuation and humanitarian causes.

Office - U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Division or District Engineers Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

Authorized assistance includes work such as removal of waterway obstructions, work necessary to prevent dam failure, and work necessary to prepare for abnormal snowmelt.

There must be an immediate threat of unusual flooding present before advance measures can be considered.

Any work performed under this program will be temporary in nature and must have a favorable benefit cost ratio.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The Governor of the affected State must request assistance.

Beneficiary Eligibility

All persons living in areas subject to floods.


Letter from the Governor of the State requesting assistance and detailing State and local efforts. (Such as the use of highway department and manpower or the use of National Guard resources.)

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Written request for advance measures assistance by letter or message from the Governor of the affected State.

Award Procedures

Formal notice of approval and/or disapproval will be furnished the applicant by the District Engineer of the Corps of Engineers.




Flood Control Act of 1941, Public Law 84-99, Public Law 77-228, as amended; Public Laws 87-874, 93-251, 95-51, 100-45, 101- 640, and 99-662, 33 U.S.C. 701n.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies by situation of request from hours to days after request for assistance is received.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements







Financial Information

Account Identification



(Provision of Specialized Services) FY 07 $0; FY 08 est not reported; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Engineer Regulation 500- 1-1 pamphlets, and statements available on request from the District or Division Engineers offices of the Corps of Engineers.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Division or District Engineers Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Attn: CECW-OE, Washington, DC 20314. Telephone: (202) 272-0251. FTS is not available.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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