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Levee & Flood Protection

Fighting the flood.

Husch Blackwell counsels stakeholders nationally on the many political, regulatory and financial issues that arise in every facet of flood control infrastructure and levee system projects. Our team has broad experience advising on nearly 50 flood protection projects valued in excess of $3 billion, protecting more than $100 billion in property.

We understand that cooperation and partnerships are keys to accomplishing flood-control projects. The positive relationships our attorneys foster between clients and engineers, financial advisors, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, legislators, regulatory department officials, and other state and local government agencies are instrumental in advancing client projects.
 
In Texas, where flood planning can have unique challenges, our team has experience and long-standing relationships that allow us to streamline both client complications and opportunities. We understand how, and when, laws apply regarding a multitude of Texas districts, such as Levee Improvement and Municipal Utility Districts, and district boards. Our Texas team members’ connections throughout the state legislature, federal legislature and relevant agencies make us exceptional client advocates.

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Our guidance to clients in the levee and flood protection sector includes:

  • Construction
  • Design
  • Emergency assistance claims and appeals
  • Eminent domain
  • Federal floodplain management regulations
  • Financing
  • Levee certifications and challenges to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) de-accreditation decisions
  • Levee certification programs and participation in PL 84-99
  • Operation and maintenance
  • Public planning
  • Public policy and government
  • Right-of-way acquisition cost reductions
  • State and federal permitting
  • Verification of proposed FEMA flood maps
Our knowledge runs broad and deep.
View our Levee & Flood Protection brochure 
Testimonials Chambers USA 2018

“The lawyers are more than just advisors, they are partners in achieving our goals. They are always extremely knowledgeable and exceptionally effective.”

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Testimonials Tim Fowler, Director, Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District

“It’s been a true blessing to have the capabilities of Husch Blackwell in times when we’ve really needed it… I can’t tell you how much I’ve appreciated that because I have seen the fruits of the labor. One of the best things I think we’ve ever done on this board was bring in the Husch team.”

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Client Results

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) shelves plan to decertify levees.

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