Flood Barrier


Types of Flood Barriers



Cities, businesses and homes have a choice when it comes to protection from high water and floods. Some methods are more effective then others. One option is the use of flood barriers.
Certain barriers are a better fit then others. Individuals responsible for developing flood prevention plans must consider the advantages and disadvantages of each in order to provide the best protection possible. Below, is a list, along with a brief description of a few types of available flood barriers.

a. Sandbagging: Sandbagging is one of the oldest and most common ways that individuals create flood barriers. The materials necessary to create sandbags are fairly cheap. However, a lot of materials are required. This is also back busting work. It is often tiring and physically challenging, though it is very effective. In cases when a sandbagging operation must be completed quickly, a lot of man power is required. While sandbagging will always be utilized, especially in areas that donít have any other flood protection, there are other options that require much less manual work and fewer people.

b. Specialized glass storefront barriers: Many stores located in flood plains or in high risk areas will have some sort of protections built into their buildings. This often includes the use of specialized storefront barriers. Many times, these are made using glass materials. If the glass is strong enough and the sealant properly administered and maintained, then this can be a good option. It is important for storeowners to purchase glass that is strong enough to withstand a flood. If it is not, then it will shatter, opening up ones store to tremendous water damage.

c. Levees: Levees are utilized by cities to help protect its occupants from the effects of flooding. Cities with rivers may utilize levees to ensure that it does not overrun the city when heavy rain and subsequent flooding occurs. City officials can create levees a number of ways. They can use sandbags or utilize more permanent structures to keep water out.

d. Gates: Certain types of automatic gates can act as excellent flood barriers. They are able to help protect homes or buildings from flooding pretty effectively by creating a seal that prevents water from getting past. These work so well because automatic gates can also be used to keep out burglars or to maintain privacy, so they have practical uses even outside of flood prevention.

f. Hinged flood gates: A hinged flood gate uses strong materials and provides a seal around an individualís door. They can be substituted for a regular door or placed directly in front of a pre-existing one.

g. Removable flood barriers: These are also placed in front of a door, helping to seal the bottom of a door, along with the two sides, from flood water. This is an inexpensive option that requires only a simple install. Just about anyone can handle the installation of removable flood barriers, making it a great option for homeowners.

There are various types of flood barriers that can be effectively used to get keep flood waters about from important structures and out of buildings and homes. Some of these structures will be very large and are designed to protect a large area. Others will be much smaller and are for the protection of homes and small businesses. These may take the form of specialty glass or removable barriers which seal doors and windows so that water can not seep in and cause damage.


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