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Flood Plain Management Services

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Flood Plain Management Services


Federal Agency




Flood Control Act of 1960, as amended, Section 206, Public Law 86-645, 33 U.S.C. 709a.






To promote appropriate recognition of flood hazards in land and water use planning and development through the provision of flood and flood plain related data, technical services, and guidance.


Types of Assistance

Advisory Services and Counseling; Dissemination of Technical Information.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Available information identifies areas subject to flooding and flood losses from streams, lakes, and oceans and describes flood hazard at proposed building sites. It can be used as a basis for planning flood plain use, for flood emergency preparedness planning, for hurricane evacuation and preparedness planning, for assistance in developing flood plain regulations, for setting elevations for flood proofing, and implementing flood proofing measures, and for indicating areas to be acquired for open space. Activities also include interpretation of technical information and related planning assistance and guidance toward prudent use of flood plains. Services are available to States and local governments without charge, but within annual funding limitations on request. Services are available to Federal agencies on a fully reimbursable basis. Services are available to the private sector on a pay first basis.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, political subdivisions of States, other nonfederal public organizations and the public.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States, political subdivisions of States, other nonfederal public organizations and the public.


The request must come from an official of a nonfederal public agency.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Although not required, discussion of problems and needs with District Engineer's Flood Plain Management Service representative would facilitate request. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedure

Requests are generally made in the form of a letter to the District Engineer which documents the need for assistance.

Award Procedure

Response time and approval time may be the same for information readily available. Services and information are provided directly to the applicant except for some special study reports which are coordinated through the designated State agency.



Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From three to 30 days from receipt of request. Approval does not assure an immediate start. Each request takes its place among others and is responded to as capability permits.


Not applicable.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

These services are provided to State and local governments at full Federal expense. Federal agencies and the private sector must pay for services.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.


Post Assistance Requirements








Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries and expenses) FY 07 est not reported; FY 08 est not reported; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.


Program Accomplishments

Not reported.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

Engineer Regulation 1105- 2-100, Section V, Flood Plain Management Services Program.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Persons are encouraged to communicate with the District Engineer of the nearest U.S. Army Engineer District listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Attn: CECW-PF, Washington, DC 20314-1000. Telephone: (202) 761-0169. FTS is not available.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

10.904, Watershed Protection And Flood Prevention
12.103, Emergency Operations Flood Response And Post Flood Response
12.106, Flood Control Projects


Examples of Funded Projects

Not applicable.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.


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