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Types of Floods & How to Prepare

Types of Floods & How to Prepare

Types of Floods & How to Prepare

Flooding occurs when there is a temporary overflowing of water in areas that are typically dry. According to the Red Cross, floods are one of the most frequent and costly natural disasters in our country. Floods can occur in any U.S. state or territory and can leave behind destruction, and even death. Business owners should be aware that flooding can destroy both property and irreplaceable data. Click To Tweet

Various Type of Floods

You might not know this, but there are a number of different types of floods. It is important to learn the risks of each type of flood in order to properly prepare. Here are the five different kinds of floods that can affect you.

River Floods

If you live near a river, there is a chance that it will exceed its capacity. River, also known as fluvial flooding, is caused by an overabundance of rain, heavy snow, or ice jams. Flash floods can also cause river floods, which are highly destructive and dangerous due to the force of the water’s flow. Overbank flooding can occur in all streams and rivers and the overflow can affect smaller rivers downstream.

Coastal Floods

Coastal floods happen in coastal areas and are caused by higher than average tides, and worsened by heavy rains and winds. In coastal areas with lower elevation, coastal flooding has been known to occur multiple times a year.

Flash Floods

Flash floods occur when there has been excessive rainfall in a short period of time. They are typically characterized by torrents of heavy rain and can happen in a flash. They can happen in minutes or over a few hours of heavy rainfall. Flash floods usually occur in six hours or less.

Storm Surge

Storm surges are another type of coastal flooding that is caused by strong storms such as tropical storms or hurricanes. Storm surges are characterized by strong winds, heavy downpours, and low atmospheric pressure that can cause tides to swell by 30 feet or more, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

Inland Flooding

While coastal flooding happens along the coast, inland flooding happens, yes, you guessed it–inland. Inland flood risks can occur over several days of heavy rain, which causes the soil to become oversaturated and it can’t hold any more water. Rivers can also flood through inland flooding, putting life and property at risk.

Preparing for Different Types of Floods

Climate change models show that severe weather will continue, putting millions at risk of experiencing a flood. Understanding the different types of floods and learning which ones can affect you is the first step in preparing. Make sure to discuss with your family what to do in a flooding event, and also consider flood insurance. Another great way to protect your business is to invest in a WIPP®, or Water Inflated Property Protector.  A WIPP creates the ultimate flood barrier and prevents evasive water from damaging your property.

To learn more about the different types of floods and how to prepare for them, Contact Us.

How to Ensure Flood Resilience

How to Ensure Flood Resilience

In 2017, the number of floods across the United States was disastrous. Between Hurricane Harvey impacting most of the gulf coast, Hurricane Maria’s devastating effects on Puerto Rico, and the record-level high-waters in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri, floods affected millions of people and destroyed homes, businesses, and lives. Building flood resilience is imperative in keeping people, businesses, and communities safe. Click To Tweet

Enhance Flood Resilience

In many cities across the United States, flood risk is real and it is important for communities and businesses to come up with a viable disaster risk reduction plan. With these top tips for ensuring flood resilience, the impact of floods will be less, causing minimal damage, if any.

Community Hazard Mitigation Plan

Community planning and communication is key to a productive flood resilience plan. The community needs to make sure there is a comprehensive flood plan in place, along with hazard elements. This plan should cover flood and erosion-prone areas, and be approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Invest In Infrastructure

Investing in infrastructure can be extremely useful in ensuring flood resilience Investments can help with dispersing flood waters, and also in preventing secondary events, such as dams bursting or levee failures. Infrastructure improvements need to be worked into the community budget for bridges, culvert, and levee repairs.

Early Warning Systems

An effective early warning system should be a top priority in ensuring flood resilience. Warning systems should be people-centered and clearly understood. These warnings help keep people safe and, early action can be a major element of disaster risk reduction.

Prepare for the Aftermath

Being prepared for a flooding disaster and its aftermath can also help limit the damage. Funding and support efforts to rebuild are essential to post-event challenges. A comprehensive plan to discourage building in flooded areas should be avoided, or the elevation should be properly built up.

Flood Preparedness

There are, with today’s technological advancements, more opportunities to predict where flooding disasters will occur. This allows industrial and commercial areas to prepare with flood protection tools, like the WIPP® (Water Inflated Property Protector), which help maximize protection during flooding events. The WIPP is the ultimate flood barrier to guard areas and properties from the devastation floods produce.

Flood Resilience Program  

Floods affect more people than any other natural disaster, causing social and economic loss. On average, 250 million people globally are affected by floods each year. By following the above advice, you can help prevent and avoid tragedy.

To learn more about how you and your community can ensure flood resilience in your area, Contact Us.

A Versatile Summertime Dewatering Solution

A Versatile Summertime Dewatering Solution

Summertime Dewatering with Aqua-Barrier®Although summer is quickly fading into fall, the season’s naturally low water levels have yet to return to normal. Dewatering your worksite when water levels are low may seem like a job for sandbags. But there’s a much better solution. Many contractors rely on water-inflated cofferdams, even for smaller jobs like summertime dewatering.

The Aqua-Barrier® temporary cofferdam may seem like a bigger solution than you need. You have probably seen the Aqua-Barrier® being deployed for much larger projects. The enormity of this water-inflated cofferdam solution may seem overpowering for smaller projects with low water levels. The good news is that this dewatering tool comes in various sizes, making it the best dewatering solution on the market, no matter the project size. The Aqua-Barrier® is a great solution for dewatering construction sites, summertime flood control, and general water containment.

Water Containment with Aqua-Barrier®The Versatility of the Aqua-Barrier® Temporary Cofferdam

The Aqua-Barrier® water-inflated cofferdam was designed with flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and ease of use in mind. Not only is this method reusable and easy to deploy, but the various sizes available make it ideal for any project.

The Aqua-Barriers® you rent will depend on the size and shape of your project. Choose from the following:

Available Heights:

  • 2ft
  • 4ft
  • 6ft
  • 8ft

Available Lengths:

  • 25ft
  • 50ft
  • 75ft
  • 100ft

Custom heights and widths are also available for purchase and barriers can be connected to fit any work area.

Aqua-Barriers®, by design, are a very versatile solution making them ideal for various projects, even where water levels are lower than usual. Whether you need a summertime dewatering method, flood control or water containment, the Aqua-Barrier® has you covered.

Summertime Dewatering

Across the country water levels are lower in the summer months.  Lower water levels do not decrease the importance of controlling the hydraulic environment of your construction site. The choice is yours – avoid a potentially costly delay by trading labor intensive sandbags for easy to install Aqua-Barriers®.  As you know, sandbags can take hours to install.  On the other hand, an Aqua-Barrier® is much easier to deploy. For small jobs Aqua-Barriers® can be can be installed manually.  For larger jobs, Aqua-Barriers® will require some heavy lifting machinery, but a hundred-foot-long six-foot tall wall is approximately 1% the weight of a traditional sandbag wall of the same size.

Summertime Flood Control

Flood Control with Aqua-Barrier®Aqua-Barrier® offers several distinct advantages over sandbags for flood control.  You don’t always have days to prepare for a flood.  A 6×100 foot sandbag wall requires over 617,500 pounds of sandbags, which need over 617 cubic yards of storage. By comparison, a 6×100 foot Aqua-Barrier® wall is only 1,098 pounds before inflation and requires only 16 cubic feet of storage.  Once floodwaters have contaminated sandbags, they need Hazmat procedures for removal, adding a costly and time-intensive element to cleanup.

Water Containment

Even with lower water levels, many construction projects require water containment.  Sandbags are a multipurpose tool not specifically designed for water containment. They are not water tight by design, and that can result in unwanted water in your worksite. On the other hand, the Aqua-Barrier® is specifically designed for water containment, using a sophisticated internal baffle system that locks into place when introduced to uneven water pressure. The Aqua-Barrier® system can be used to contain both moving and standing water.  One of the most popular ways that it is used for summertime water containment is during pool maintenance and repair.

Aqua-Barrier® the Superior Choice

In these dryer months, many contractors make the misguided decision to use sandbags.   Sandbags are less efficient, environmentally unsafe and costly to dispose of.   The benefits of Aqua-Barriers® aren’t only for construction sites with deep water; temporary cofferdams are the most ideal solution for construction site dewatering (and more!) in all seasons.  Contact us to learn more about using the Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam system for summertime dewatering and find out which size is most appropriate for your project.

How to Best Prepare for Hurricanes

How to Best Prepare for Hurricanes

Hurricane season 2016 is upon us. You may be wondering, like most property owners, how active this season will be. The 30-year average is 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. The expectation this year is almost identical. Meteorologists expect to see 13 named storms, five hurricanes, and two major hurricanes. You don’t have to remember very far back to realize the devastation just one hurricane can bring. If you haven’t already prepared, now is the time to make sure your family will be safe and your property is carefully protected.

Preparing Yourself and Your Family

First things first, you want to be sure that you and your family are prepared for the risks that hurricane season impose. The safety of you and your loved ones should be a top priority. When a hurricane watch or warning is issued is not the time to begin your preparations – start before the season begins.

Here are a few things you can do to make sure you and your family are ready for hurricane season:

  1. Know evacuation routes.
  2. Gather all tools and supplies you may need, including non-perishable food items, plenty of fuel and water, and a complete first-aid kit.
  3. Be sure you have somewhere secure in your home to shelter in place from the storm if evacuation is not deemed necessary.
  4. Pay attention to local news sources for information on the weather and any impending danger to you and your family.
  5. Develop a communication plan and determine a place to meet, should you and your family become separated during the storm and lose phone and internet service.
  6. Invest in a generator to power the main part of your home and any life-saving medical equipment, if applicable.

How to Prepare Your Home

If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, you are familiar with the damage that can be caused to your home. And not just from the dangerous wind speeds, but the massive amount of water that is released during the storm. Inland flooding is a deadly hurricane threat responsible for more than half the deaths associated with tropical cyclones in the United States.  Most homeowners are prepared with insurance policies to cover the resulting damage, but many times are not aware of preventative measures you can take to minimize the risk of said damage.

Here are a few things you can do to prepare your home and minimize the risk:

  1. Invest in storm shutters for your windows or protect them with plywood boards.
  2. Secure outside objects that may be picked up by the high-speed winds and thrown against your home.
  3. Purchase or rent a flood barrier and install it around your home to keep flooding waters from entering your property and home.

Learn More

While there is no way to completely avoid hurricane season, learning how to prepare for hurricanes can literally save your life as well as your home or business. Contact us to learn more about preventative measures you can take to minimize your risks.

The WIPP System Protects a Home in Flooded Fort Bend County

The WIPP System Protects a Home in Flooded Fort Bend County

Have you seen this viral video floating around the internet? It is real-time footage of a road being washed away in a matter of seconds due to flash flooding here in Texas recently. The first week of June saw a state of emergency declared for the State of Texas because of all of the flooding.

If a flash flood can do that kind of damage to maintained public roads, think of how much worse the damage can be to your house. However, you can protect your home and your wallet by installing easy to use flood protection products from WIPP solution by Hydrological Solutions.

WIPP® System Barriers Spare Texas Home

WIPP systemHomeowners in Ft. Bend County were a little late bringing in our WIPP® System to combat the Texas floods recently. There was already high water surrounding their home. The beauty of the WIPP System is that it didn’t matter.

We installed water inflated property protector barriers around the home. The standing water was then pumped out away from the home. The barriers keep more water from coming back or getting into the house. Of course, ideally, we want to help you prepare for a flood before it comes.

Still, we know firsthand just how fast rain can go from a downpour to a flash flood. This home is surrounded by one of our temporary dams. It is 675 linear feet and stands 4’ and 6’ tall.

Fast Temporary Flood Protection Installation

Without the WIPP® System in place, that home would have easily been inundated with water resulting in enormous repair costs. Instead, we provided fast temporary flood protection installation thereby limiting the actual damage to their home.

This family only contacted us after the flooding had already begun. If nothing else, these recent massive floods should serve as a warning to get ready ahead of time. Let us install a flood barrier for you and you won’t have to worry about water entering your home or business.

Just because the rain has stopped doesn’t mean that the danger is over. Flooding can happen again before the standing water around your home has even receded, leading to even more damage. We can pump out the standing water and protect your home from any further flood damage.

Get the WIPP System from Hydrological Solutions

The WIPP® system is sturdy, weather resistant, and reusable flood protection that can save your property when the next wave of flood waters come.

Perhaps the worst is over, or the worst is yet to come. Don’t get caught off guard by the next Texas flash flood. Get prepared now. Contact us for more information on using the WIPP® System to protect your home from flood waters.