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US Army Corps of Engineers
Mississippi Valley Division

Regional Flood Risk Management Team

The Regional Flood Risk Management Team (RFRMT) was established as the sustainment body under which both the ILTF and IRTF members will combine forces and remain engaged on the shared responsibility for regional flood risk management topics and action items.  In the midst of recent record setting Mississippi flood events of 2008 and 2011, Mississippi Valley Division Commander established two Interagency Task Forces as means to fully engage State and Federal agencies in the challenging post-flood recovery process.  The Interagency Levee Task Force (ILTF) was established in response to the June 2008 flooding centered largely in the Upper Mississippi River Basin and was comprised of representatives from five states and seven federal agencies.  The Interagency Recovery Task Force was established in response to the May-June 2011 flooding centered largely in the Lower Mississippi River Basin and was comprised of representatives from seven states and ten federal agencies.  Both task forces played an integral role in the post flood recovery process for their respective regions and generated many innovative strategies and products that ensured a highly communicative, effective and efficient flood recovery effort.  After an intensive first year of regular engagement, both Task Forces agreed to adjust to a less rigorous “sustainment mode.”  The primary intent of sustaining continued interagency collaboration was to facilitate strategic and integrated Flood Risk management life-cycle preparedness and mitigation actions designed to reduce the threat, vulnerability and consequences of flooding in the Mississippi River Valley.