St. Louis District Projects



U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
St. Louis District 
Floodplain Management Services Program
1222 Spruce Street
St. Louis, MO 63103-2833
(314) 331-8483

Flood Plain Management Services - Overview

The Flood Plain Management Services (FPMS) Program is authorized by Section 206 of the 1960 Flood Control Act (Public Law 86-645), as amended. The Corps of Engineers developed the FPMS Program specifically to address the need of people who live and work in the floodplain to know about the flood hazard and the actions they can take to reduce property damage and prevent the loss of life caused by flooding. The program’s objective is to foster public understanding of the options for dealing with flood hazards and to promote prudent use and management of the nation’s floodplains.

What the Corps of Engineers Can Do

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

Types of Assistance:

 General Technical Services:
The program develops or interprets site-specific data on obstructions to flood flows; flood formation and timing; flood depths or stages; floodwater velocities and the extent, duration and frequency of flooding. It also provides information on natural and cultural floodplain resources before and after the use of floodplain management measures.
 General Planning Guidance:
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 on the physical, socio-economic and environmental conditions of the floodplain. Special Studies are accomplished at 100 percent Federal cost. Funding for these studies is very limited and competitive. Special Studies can range from helping a community identify present or future floodplain areas to a broad assessment of the various floodplain management alternatives. Some of the most common types of Special Studies include:

• Floodplain Delineation/Flood Hazard Evaluation Studies
• Dam Break Analysis Studies
• Flood Warning/Preparedness Studies
• Regulatory Floodway Studies
• Comprehensive Floodplain Management Studies
• Urbanization Impact Studies
• Storm Water Management Studies
• Hydrologic, hydraulic and sediment transport modeling
 Guides, Pamphlets and Supporting Studies:
Studies are conducted under the program to improve the methods and procedures for mitigating flood damages. Guides and pamphlets also are prepared on flood proofing techniques, floodplain regulation, floodplain occupancy, natural floodplain resources and other related aspects of floodplain management.
 Charges for Assistance:
Upon request, program services are provided to state, regional and local governments, Native American Tribes and other non-Federal public agencies without charge, based on available funding. All requesters are encouraged to furnish available field survey data, maps, historical flood information and the like to help reduce the cost of services.

How to Request Assistance

Agencies, governments, organizations and individuals interested in flood-related information or assistance should contact the St. Louis District’s Floodplain Management Services Program Coordinator:

(314) 331-8483

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis
FPMS Coordinator
1222 Spruce Street
St. Louis, MO 63103-2833

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