CHARGES FOR ASSISTANCE.  Upon request, program services are provided to state, regional and local governments, Indian tribes and other non-federal agencies without charge.

Program services also are offered to non-water resource federal agencies and to the private sector on a 100% cost recovery basis.  For most of these requests, payment is required before services are provided.  A schedule of charges is used to recover the cost of services taking up to one day to provide.  Letter request or signed agreements are used to charge for those that take longer.

All requestors are encouraged to furnish available field survey data, maps, historical flood information and the like, to help reduce the cost of services.

Information that is readily available will be provided in response to a telephone request.  A letter request is required for assistance that involves developing new data. Or making a map, or preparing a report.

Flood Risk Management Info

Contact Info:

Civil Works Project Management
69A Hagood Ave
Charleston, SC 29405

Call the Charleston District - 866.329.8187



Flood Risk Management Overview

The Charleston District Flood Risk Management Program is your local representative of the Corp’s National Flood Risk Management Program. You can review that program at

Some of the specific goals of the National Flood Risk Management Program include:
• Providing current and accurate floodplain information to the public and decision makers
• Identifying and assessing flood hazards posed by aging flood damage reduction infrastructure
• Improving public awareness and comprehension of flood hazards and risk
• Integrating flood damage and flood hazard reduction programs across local, state and federal agencies
• Improving capabilities to collaboratively deliver and sustain flood damage reduction and flood hazard mitigation services to the nation

Under the umbrella of the Flood Risk Management Program is the Floodplain Management Services Program (FPMS). The FPMS program was developed to assist the people who live and work in the floodplain to understand the flood hazards and the actions they can take to reduce property damage and to prevent loss of life by flooding.

Types of Assistance

The FPMS Program provides the full range of technical services and planning guidance that is needed to support effective floodplain management.

  • GENERAL TECHNICAL SERVICES.  The program develops and interprets site-specific data on obstructions to flood flows, flood formation and timing; flood depths or stages; flood-water velocities; and the extent, duration, and frequency of flooding.  It also provides information on natural and cultural floodplain resources of note, and flood loss potentials before and after the use of floodplain management measures. 
  • GENERAL PLANNING ASSISTANCE.  On a larger scale, the program provides assistance and guidance in the form of “Special Studies” on all aspects of floodplain management planning including the possible impacts of off-floodplain land use changes of the physical, socio-economic and environmental conditions of the floodplain. 

This can range from helping a community identify present of future floodplain areas and related problems, to a broad assessment of which of the various remedial measures may be effectively used.

Some of the most common types of “Special Studies” include:

  • Floodplain Delineation/Flood Hazard Evaluation Studies
  • Dam Break Analysis Studies
  • Hurricane Evacuation Studies
  • Flood Warning/Preparedness Studies
  • Regulatory Floodway Studies
  • Comprehensive Floodplain Management Studies
  • Flood Damages Reduction Studies
  • Urbanization Impact Studies
  • Storm Water Management Studies
  • Flood Proofing Studies
  • Inventory of Flood Prone Structures.

            The program also provides guidance and assistance for meeting standards of the National Flood Insurance Program and for conducting workshops and seminars on non-structural floodplain management measures, such as flood proofing.

  • GUIDES, PAMPHLETS AND SUPPORTING STUDIES. Studies are conducted under the program to improve the methods and procedures for mitigating flood damages.  Guides and pamphlets are also prepared on flood proofing techniques, floodplain regulations, floodplain occupancy, natural floodplain resources and other related aspects of floodplain management.

The study findings and the guides and pamphlets are provided free-of-charge to federal agencies, Indian tribes, state, regional and local governments and private citizens for their use in addressing the flood hazard.