The nrc responded by forming the ad hoc committee on levee and the national flood insurance program improving policies and practices charged to examine current fema treatment of levees within the nfip and provide advice on how those levee elated policies and activities could be improved. The national flood insurance program and levees more than 21000 communities across the united states and its territories participate in the national flood insurance program nfip by adopting and enforcing floodplain management ordinances to reduce future flood damage. This report levees and the national flood insurance program improving policies and practices examines how fema national flood insurance program assesses mitigates and insures against flood risk behind levees and how the program communicates that risk to the public fema needs an updated approach to analyze and manage flood risk to give . In analyzing flood risk the national flood insurance program should move to a modern risk based analysis that uses 21st century computational and mapping techniques to produce state of the art risk estimates for all areas vulnerable to flooding such an approach would give individual property owners a more accurate view of the risks they face. Nfip and levees an overview nfip definitions of levees and levee systems the national flood insurance program nfip defines a levee in title 44 chapter 1 591 of the section code of federal regulations 44 cfr 591 as a man made structure usually an earthen embankment designed and constructed in accordance with sound
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