Using Bulk Bags and Flood Barriers for Water Diversion and Flood Control

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In the event of a flood, we rely on flood control and water diversion products to protect properties, individuals, and the environment. In order to effectively respond to these emergencies, water diversion products must be utilized quickly to control the flow of water before it causes damage. Flood control is often associated with sandbags alone – but engineering advancements have brought about more effective solutions. With products like bulk bags and flood barriers, water diversion has become more affordable, versatile and effective. 

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Bulk Bags 

Bulk bags are made of polypropylene fabric and are designed to store and transport dry, flowable products, like sand, fertilizer, and granules of plastic. Simply put, bulk bags are large ‘sandbags’ that can take the place of a dozen traditional sandbags. They have a water-resistant coating and UV protection that prevents them from deteriorating in harsh climate conditions. 

Bulk bags can be deployed rapidly and adjusted to the flood conditions of a particular site. The bags are very mobile and versatile when empty and can be filled with materials on site. Once filled and in place, their structure allows them to cover and form-fit to different surfaces. The design also enables barriers to be created in various sizes, shapes, and angles to suit the specific situation. This versatility makes bulk bags a powerful tool for flood control, stream diversion, cofferdams, erosion control, mudslide and flood barriers, extending levees and protecting from storm surges.

Bulk bags are often used along with an impermeable membrane layer for a strong, watertight barrier. Some may choose to fill gaps between bulk bags with smaller sandbags before covering it with the impermeable membrane. After they have served their purpose, the bulk bags can be moved to and stored in a warehouse until you need them again – they don’t even need to be emptied. This reusability makes them a cost-effective alternative to similar inflatable structures.

Flood Barriers

Flood barriers are another great water diversion and flood control solution. They are L-shaped barriers used for various applications. During a flood, flood barriers can be quickly floated into place, fit together through coupler joints on their edges, and sunk into place by filling them with the flood water. They can deal with immense forces from water due to their L-shaped design, which anchors the wall to the ground when water rushes upon it. The pressure of the water pushes the bottom of the L-shape downward, holding the flood barrier in place and diverting water in the desired direction.

Flood barriers withstand strong waves, high winds and flying debris with ease. In the midst of emergency flooding, every second counts and it only takes a small team to swiftly set up hundreds of feet of protection. Their design allows for 90-degree angle turns and can also fit together to make curved walls. Once the barrier is set up, the team can pump it full of water and rest assured that they have a powerful flood control solution. 

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Expert Flood Control Solutions

Flooding damages property and endangers the lives of humans and other species. Rapid water runoff also causes soil erosion while sediment deposits pollute or completely destroy wildlife habitats.  IWT Cargo-Guard understands that the ecological and financial impact of flooding is significant, so we offer a complete line of flood control and water diversion solutions for every project. 

Founded with the purpose of developing products to protect our environment, IWT Cargo Guard’s mission is to provide the most cost-effective products for your project. By quickly analyzing the products and services required for the project, we become an extension of your estimating department. Contact us today to discuss your project and how we can work together to protect and strengthen our environment.

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