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The objective of this manual is to develop a guide for design and construction of levees. The manual is general in nature and not intended to supplant the judgment of the design engineer on a particular project.
The term levee as used herein is defined as an embankment whose primary purpose is to furnish flood protection from seasonal high water and which is therefore subject to water loading for periods of only a few days or weeks a year. Embankments that are subject to water loading for prolonged periods (longer than normal flood protection requirements) or permanently should be designed in accordance with earth dam criteria rather than the levee criteria given herein.
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