- My levee looks good and is regularly maintained. Why do you think I am at risk?
25. My levee looks good and is regularly maintained. Why do you think I am at risk?
Levees are designed to provide a specific level of protection, and larger flood events can cause them to be
overtopped or fail; we simply can't afford to build levees to keep all storms out. Even levees in good repair are
subject to overtopping in storms of great magnitude. Further, well-maintained levees may have been built
without adequate engineering and may fail before they are overtopped. It is also important to remember that
the state of the art of engineering has evolved. If your levee is dated, it may not be up to today's standards.
Because the risk of property damage and loss of life still remains, you should take steps to lessen that risk
through considering such actions as purchasing flood insurance, raising the elevation of your home, and having
and implementing an emergency evacuation plan when the need arises.
For more information, see About Levees.