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Flooding - Living Behind a Levee

What you should know to protect your home and loved ones from floods

Are My Home and Loved Ones Safe from Floods?

Most people know that levees are structures built near rivers and lakes to reduce the risk of flooding. But what does it mean to live behind a levee? How much protection does a levee really provide? What do you need to know to remain as safe as possible?

This booklet was created to help answer your questions about levees and their associated risk. Most importantly, it is intended to help you act now to better protect yourself against future flood threats.

So, You Live Behind a Levee! – booklet published by the American Society of Civil Engineers

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