Levees related documents

The International Levee Handbook

ILH Front  


The International Levee Handbook
(Original English Version)




French Version

ISSMGE TC201 Documents

The Technical Committee on Levees of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering works on various topics in relation to levees and geotechnics. You can access its web page from our web site’s “links” page.



A report on Failure paths (or failure scenarios) for levees

FloodProBE      floodprobe


Deliverable documents from the FloodProBE European Research project



The FloodProBE report on transitions (not available on the FloodProBE web site)


French Committee (CFBR) levees related documents

To download one of these CFBR documents, and many more, click HERE and download the selected document from the list.




  • Guidelines for the justification of embankment dams and levees (CFBR document, in French at the beginning, in English starting page 135)



  • Guidelines for the justification of the stability of gravity dams (CFBR document, applicable with some adaptation to levees of gravity type, in French at the beginning, in English starting page 121)



  • Methods and techniques for reinforcing and repairing protection levees (CFBR document, in French only at the moment, English traslation in progress)

INRAE documents

INRAE (formerly Irstea, formerly Cemagref) documents in English – (many more exist but only in French language)




Spillways on river levees 




Geophysical and geotechnical methods for diagnosing flood protection dikes – Guide for implementation and interpretation



Surveillance, maintenance and diagnosis of flood protection dikes – A practical handbook for owners and operators




Book of abstracts of the French Conference “Digues 2019”.

Includes English abstracts and DOI links to the full text papers (these are in French).

USACE Documents


  • Levee Safety Program Guidance (2021)
  • Levee Design Manual Update (2022, Draft)
  • Levee Portfolio Report (2018)

See : https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Levee-Safety-Program/





National guidance for practitioners in the UK and Ireland on the design of flood embankments to EN 1997 Eurocode 7: Geotechnical design




Fundamentals of Flood Protection, a Dutch document

Program and  abstracts of the  seminar “ICOLD Bulletin 164: Internal Erosion Workshop” during the ICOLD 2019 Ottawa meeting