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Alternative Flood Prevention Devices

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

street flood A flooded street in Beverly Hills, CA

The sand bag is not a high tech device, but it has served the purpose of holding back flood waters for centuries. Its first use can be traced back to at least 1590. It has also been used in military fortifications to turn away gunfire and bomb explosions. It can be used in many different ways in floods, from building dikes, barriers and levees as well as reinforcing existing walls and gates. It is also inexpensive. However, the sand bag does have a few disadvantages. It requires a lot of labor to move around and since it is not watertight it also allows water seepage.

Alternatives for Flood Control

A number of newer products seek to replace the sand bag when it comes to flood control. These devices include the following items:

  • Bags filled with water
  • Flood dams
  • Flood fences
  • A comprehensive suite of solutions
  • Absorbent cloth


As with the case of water bags, of which there are several variations, the advantage is that the water can be put in the bags almost anywhere. This eliminates the need for hauling heavy bags to and from a site. This is also the case with absorbent cloth products, as they just need to be saturated with water to expand. Flood dams and fences often are quite expensive and involve a bit of engineering to be effective.

Best Practices for Flood Recovery

Unlike the sand bag, new techniques in flood recovery employ a full compliment of the latest training, equipment and procedures to mitigate flood damage in Beverly Hills, CA. A professional storm remediation team arrives on site fast and performs an inspection and assessment of the situation, and then goes to work treating the damage. Water extraction and removal is accomplished with the help of powerful vacuums and fans. Further drying requires the use of even more specialized equipment. The end result is a building that is ready to be back in business.