Flood Barriers Are The Solution To Your Flood Season Anxiety
Floods are an all too common occurrence these days and many people aren't aware of the various types of protection available for avoiding flood waters. Here, we'll discuss some of these options and hopefully provide some useful information for the next time you're facing a flooding situation.
Sandbags are probably the image we first picture in our minds when it comes to flood protection. When large areas are affected and the water is not too deep, sandbags can keep the water out of a home or business and are relatively easy to access, although labor-intensive if many are needed. In case of emergencies, city or local authorities will publish where to find and fill sandbags. Once obtained, to get optimum results, you shouldn't fill them more than half full and they should be stacked carefully, no more than three layers high. If the flood waters are expected to be more than two feet, sandbags will not provide good protection. Although there are kits available to allow a single individual to fill sandbags, it's often more efficient to have several people working in a production line to fill and stack the bags where protection is needed.
Where flooding is common glass storefront barriers are a great option for businesses large or small. These barriers are constructed to be flood and hurricane resistant and meet the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA's requirements. Manufacturers of these products work closely with architects to determine the proper specifications and desired results. Although these require planning early on and incur some additional expense, the cost in the long run will be much less compared to flood damage of material items and the risk of injury or loss of life to those in the building.
Automatic Gates are especially useful as they don't require human intervention. These gates can react to rising water and deploy automatically using the force of the water for power. These are helpful when unexpected flooding occurs and there is no advanced preparation time; they're extremely useful for underground parking structures at hospitals, apartment high-rises and office buildings. Automatic gates allow emergency personnel to focus on other life-saving measures also as they are not spending their time putting gates or other barriers in place.
A levee is also great in theory. As witnessed in the midwest floods in the 90's and in Hurricane Katrina, they're not fail-proof, but in many instances serve their intended purpose. Levees are natural or artificial walls of earth that usually run parallel to the water source (rivers or the coastline). Although they usually are meant to protect the countryside, as seen in New Orleans, they were meant to protect an entire city. Unfortunately, the force of the hurricane caused the levees to fail due to water overtopping them or in some cases, the water passing underneath the foundation of the levees caused them to give way. In most cases though, levees will protect the fields or countryside from expected, seasonal flooding due to melting snow or heavy rains.
Hinged Flood Gates
Hinged flood gates are typically used to maintain water levels or flows in reservoirs, rivers or some levee systems; some cities even use them to protect major arteries in and out of town near large rivers. Hinged gates usually rely on hydraulic power although some use the water itself as in the case of automatic gates. Hinged flood gates can be flap gates, fish-belly flap gates or others. These gates can be closed (and opened only for exceptions) or kept open where flooding is rare and only closed when the threat is eminent.
In summary, many options are available for Flood Barriers. Depending on the area where you live or work, for residential or commercial use, the best option will vary. Sandbags are obviously a quick and inexpensive option, whereas levees require much planning and effort, and glass storefront barriers and automatic gates require consideration from the very beginning. All though are great protection from flooding if you know what you're up against and have the thought and ability to implement the right choice.
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