Dams, Dikes, Levees, Water Barriers

Flood control and water retention come in many different forms, all of which have different applications and situations for which they’re best suited. However, all water barriers have one thing in common: They’re designed to hold back large amounts of water either temporarily or permanently, so it’s essential to use watertight materials when constructing them.

Explore more about dams, dikes, levees, and other types of water barriers, and how TrapBag® can serve as an excellent solution for building them quickly and securely.

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TrapBags as Alternatives to Sandbags for Temporary Flood Protection

TrapBag was designed with flood protection in mind as a strengthened, improved alternative to the traditional sandbag. Whether you need to set up temporary water barriers such as dams, levees, dikes, or cofferdams, TrapBag protects what matters most by controlling and directing the flow of water, especially during high-risk scenarios.

Temporary Dams

For low-lying areas, valleys, and other places vulnerable to flooding, TrapBag can serve as a temporary dam system to regulate water flow on rivers during major flood events. Because the barriers’ cells are all interconnected, they can hold water back more easily than traditional sandbag barriers and are less likely to fail due to improper setup.

Even more, TrapBag barriers make excellent solutions for retaining water away from riverside construction sites. They keep water away from the excavation area and allow construction workers to complete work on things like bridges, culverts, and other structures along the water.

Temporary Containment Dikes for Spill Control

Temporary Dike Systems

Also known as berms, dikes are artificial ridges that can regulate water levels, especially in low-lying areas. Dikes are similar to dams in that they prevent water from flowing to flood-prone areas. However, the key difference is that dikes only have water on one side of the barrier, whereas dams have water on both sides.

Temporary dikes can be used to divert water from areas that have been disturbed, such as cut or filled slopes, low-lying fields, and irrigated farmlands. They can also redirect water to a more stabilized outlet, which can keep storm drains from becoming overwhelmed. Even more, when crews install temporary dikes at the peak of a slope, they can help reduce and redirect water flow, reducing the effects of erosion and soil loss.

Temporary Levees

As flood barriers, temporary levees are usually placed alongside rivers and streams that are forecasted to flood. While many rivers have permanent, earthen levees alongside their banks, severe flooding can cause the river to breach these embankments, causing disastrous flooding for the neighborhoods that lay beyond.

TrapBag can serve as its own rapid-deploy levee system for waterways that don’t have permanent levees. If emergency crews place them on top of existing levees, they can also add additional height and strength to reinforce the structures during extreme weather events.

Other Temporary Water Barrier Types for Flood Protection

Water barriers can be made of sandbags or other materials. They include flood prevention systems like dams, levees, dikes, and cofferdams. TrapBags® can be used in a variety of temporary water barriers and present an efficient, durable, and affordable option compared to more traditional methods of flood prevention.

Any of these installations can use traditional sandbags or other materials. However, because it’s so easy to install quickly and strong enough to hold back thousands of pounds of pressure, TrapBag is a better solution for all types of water barriers.

Who Uses TrapBag as a Flood Protection Barrier?

Government Agencies

Emergency management and public works departments often use TrapBag units as temporary flood protection barriers. Whether it’s protecting a single, low-lying street at the municipal level or setting up extensive levee systems along waterways with county- or state-level departments, government agencies of all sizes can use these as alternatives to the traditional sandbag.

TrapBag has been successfully tested and used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, making it a scientifically proven, cost-effective solution for mitigating all types of flood damage.

Neighborhood Associations

Neighborhood and homeowners associations in areas prone to hurricanes and floods use TrapBag to protect their properties from damage. They can grant residents more peace of mind during major storm events and can also prevent unsightly erosion on properties adjacent to streams, rivers, and lakes.

Even more, when stormwater and sewage systems back up and city departments are already overwhelmed with potential flood damage, TrapBag can divert water away from neighborhoods, mitigating damage and allowing maintenance crews more time to respond.

Environmental Protection Services

Floods can have devastating effects on nesting areas for birds and reptiles, wetlands, and other habitats that form natural barriers. In turn, as these natural areas degrade, they can make future flood damage even more severe, impacting nearby neighborhoods, roadways, and infrastructure.

Environmental protection agencies and organizations can use TrapBag as a temporary flood protection dam to reduce the damage heavy rains, swollen rivers, and coastal floods can cause in natural areas. This also reduces the risk of stormwater contaminating the water supply and causing other compounding disasters.

Build a Better Flood Protection Barrier with TrapBag

Every moment counts in flood preparation. That’s why TrapBag is essential—it requires only a few people to assemble and fill and can be deployed in a fraction of the time required for a traditional sandbag barrier. We can also answer your needs 24/7 when your community is facing an emergency.

TrapBag is a quick, easy-to-install solution for all types of flood protection barriers, making it essential for protecting lives and property during flooding emergencies. To learn more about how TrapBag can protect neighborhoods, roads, and properties, call us at (239) 674-6611 or visit our online shop today.

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