Levees and Residual Risk

Mon. 2:00-3:30 p.m., Interlocken A

The United States has over 100,000 miles of levees. Communities and citizens living behind levees tend to think they provide total protection from flooding, despite yearly overtopping and scores of levee failures. The issues are many. How should FEMA map the residual risk areas? Who will assure the levee is adequate? Should flood insurance be required? What should development standards be in residual risk areas? All of these issues relate to how policies and programs influence development or lack of development of these areas—either reducing or creating tomorrow’s disasters.

Panelist Jim Murphy, Moderator
URS Corporation


Panelist Tammy Conforti, Panelist
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


PanelistSam Riley-Medlock, Panelist
Association of State Floodplain Managers


PanelistRoy Wright, Panelist
Federal Emergency Management Agency


Organizer: Jim Murphy, URS Corporation