Situation #3
Residents and Business Owners

Communication lessens concerns
When a community re-examines the level of protection provided by a levee, residents and business owners will have questions. They will want to know why levees in their area are now labeled "provisionally accredited" and what this new designation means. They will want to know whether flood insurance is required and if it is needed. A good way to defuse anxiety is to make information readily available.

Flood insurance is strongly recommended
The Provisionally Accredited Levee designation does not affect federal flood insurance requirements. However, a levee failure has the potential to cause catastrophic flooding. For this reason, new flood hazard maps that show levees now carry a statement that flood insurance is recommended. The materials in this section will help you provide answers to questions about flood insurance requirements, safety and the plans underway to improve the levees in the area.