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Flood barriers prevent floodwater from inundating an area. A barrier might protect a home or business or prevent flood damage to an entire community. Some devices offer permanent protection while others can be placed when floods threaten. A variety of designs and materials offer options for home and business owners to consider when planning flood protection. The best designs offer cost effective protection that fits the specific needs of the property. Check with local emergency management officials for suggestions concerning flood protection.
Communities have used sandbags for years to protect property from floodwater. This type of dike is extremely labor intensive often requiring the placement of thousands of individually filled sandbags in a tight wall. Other systems include clay dikes constructed with heavy construction equipment. Modern innovations have produced flood barriers that are easier to place and use. Some systems can be handled and placed by individuals rather than with the use of heavy equipment.
Some floods occur quickly with little warning. Communities and individual property owners should plan and even purchase flood protection equipment and supplies before the high-water event occurs. Determine the highest floodwater anticipated in the area and look for systems that provide at least that level of protection. Know how to assemble and place the protective barrier before the flood situation occurs. A prepared homeowner should also have ready the pumps and generators necessary to deal with any water that may leak through the barrier.
Individual buildings may benefit from waterproof doors and windows if the building's walls are waterproof. In some cases, these same doors and windows are used in day-to-day operations. In other cases, specialized doors or barriers are installed during flood threats.
Buildings without waterproof walls require flood protection for the entire structure. Different manufacturers produce these types of barriers in a variety of materials. Look for a system that meets building codes in your area. For example, a flood protection system in a hurricane prone area may provide higher wind strength than a system designed for a small stream flood situation.
In some cases, a community may acquire flood protection for a large area. Many of these systems require mechanized equipment for placement and may use sand or other material as a fill. This type of flood protection often is only used in disaster situations and may come under the authority of local, state or federal emergency management officials. Community members may be asked to serve as volunteers in flood situations.
For 15 Years Kevin Williams has restored flood damaged properties ranging from domestic dwellings to commercial factories.In 2010 He set up Floodsense offering his expertise in Flood Prevention Techniques, Systems and Services.For free E-book, further info on Flood Barriers, and professional advice on flood prevention from a leading UK flood protection company, visit http://www.floodsense.co.uk
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