Flood barriers and sandbag dikes are undermined by water seepage which cannot only erode the soil on which the sandbags and barriers lay. They can also result in “floating” water-filled barriers depending on the height and weight of the barriers and the height of the water which has seeped underneath. The lifting of these barriers and the erosion of the soil underneath may cause both sandbag barriers and water-filled barriers to shift position ultimately “breaking” the wall and letting flood water through.
There are few places in North America that is not susceptible to flooding.
There are several reasons why a flood will occur: Continue reading “If It’s Not Flooding Now, It Will, Sometime!”
Sandbag dikes are the most common but temporary method used to protect property from flood damage and have been used in this manner for some 150 years. Sand is a common yet relatively cheap material and is readily available to most communities. A properly constructed sandbag dike can be effective, but sandbag dikes can fail. Here’s why! Continue reading “The Problem With Sandbags”