The Baltimore District has 148 miles of federally constructed levees that help manage flood risk in southern New York, central Pennsylvania, Maryland, northern Virginia, eastern West Virginia and Washington, D.C. Every year, teams with special training and equipment conduct annual inspections by walking the levees to ensure they will perform as designed in case of a flood. These teams also conduct periodic inspections every five years for a more in-depth review. All inspections are done in coordination with the local sponsor that operates and maintains the levee. Detailed reports following the inspections are given to the sponsor for any follow-up actions. Inspections also provide a better picture of levee conditions and an opportunity in our shared efforts with state and local authorities to communicate flood risk and make informed decisions on how best to manage it.
The results of Corps levee inspections help determine continued eligibility as part of the Rehabilitation and Inspection Program (RIP). This authority allows the Corps to repair and / or rehabilitate qualified flood risk management projects, whether constructed by federal or state / local governments, that have been damaged by floods or storms, using federal aid. The repairs are supposed to bring the projects back to pre-storm condition.
Rehabilitation projects for non-federal flood risk management projects are cost-shared 80 percent federal and 20 percent non-federal. The non-federal share may be provided with work-in-kind, cash, or a combination of both. Federal flood risk management projects are repaired at 100 percent federal cost.
For example, the Corps completed repairs to a retention wall in the Borough of Danville that was damaged by Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011. The rehabilitation restored the level of managed flood risk to the Borough of Danville that existed prior to the flood event.
The wall is part of the Danville flood risk management project, which is a non-federal project designed and constructed under the authority of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection flood control program to reduce the risk of flooding from the North Branch of the Susquehanna River, Mahoning Creek, and tributaries.
For more information on the Rehabilitation and Inspection Program, please contact Leon Skinner at 410-962-4226, or Leon.Skinner@usace.army.mil.