Who We Are

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the State of Louisiana determined that there was a need to regionalize levee districts in order to coordinate plans, projects, and procedures to better protect its citizens in the event of future storms. To accomplish this goal, the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (Flood Protection Authority) was created by an act of the State Legislature in 2006.  The Flood Protection Authority is governed by a nine-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the Governor.

After Katrina, the federal government assigned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) the monumental task of constructing one of the largest flood protection systems in the world; the Hurricane Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS). The Flood Protection Authority worked closely with the USACE, providing input on design and construction of this system. Once the project was completed, the operation and maintenance responsibilities were transferred to the Flood Protection Authority.


The Flood Protection Authority continues its partnerships and collaboration with USACE, FEMA, U.S. Coast Guard, National Weather Service, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, neighboring levee districts and local governments to provide comprehensive and coordinated regional flood risk reduction.

On Top of It

The Flood Protection Authority continuously and consistently inspects, exercises and maintains all components of the three flood protection systems year-round. Emergency procedures are updated every May. Its employees are well trained and prepared to respond immediately if a hurricane threatens.