Advanced Measures

Administering Agency:

US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) 


Albuquerque District, (505) 342-3686
(24-hour emergency number)


Public Law 84-99, as amended

Assistance Available:

USACE is authorized to provide technical and direct assistance to Communities threatened with potential flooding. 

Form of Assistance:

Technical Assistance: 

  • Requested by authorized representative of the Governor
  • Evaluate flood threat to area
  • Supplement data collection efforts
  • Inspect existing Flood Control Works and identify problems
  • Provide engineering technical services
  • Provide information for local contingency/ evacuation/flood fight plans

Direct Assistance: 

  • Governor letter required requesting assistance 
  • Conduct field investigations / data collection 
  • Provide emergency flood fight supplies to threatened areas
  • Project Report approved by HQUSACE
  • Project economically feasible and constructable before flood
  • Emergency construction of protective measure


Any locality faced with a heightened flood threat to public health and welfare. 

Qualifying Requirements:

  • State/tribal/local governments must make full use of their own resources, including the National Guard.
  • Requests for assistance to the Corps must be initiated by the Governor or his/her authorized representative.
  • The impacted area must be in the predicted or forecasted flood path.
  • Constructable prior to the flood event.
  • Benefit-cost ratio greater than 1.0.
  • Project Cooperation Agreement (PCA) required.


  • USACE assistance is supplemental to state and local efforts. 
  • Advanced measures is temporary and removed by locals. 
  • Applicants must furnish lands, easements, and right-of-way; make necessary relocations; and hold the U.S. free from damages. 


Application for program assistance will be made to USACE
District, but assistance is subject to approval at higher level. 


Assistance is provided to protect life, prevent urban damages and flooding of public facilities.