FloodBreak presents solution to raise levees for FEMA accreditation at FMA Conference

FloodBreak participated with levee experts at the 2013 FMA Annual Conference to discuss an innovative approach used by the IBWC to raise their levees to meet new flood elevations. The title of the presentation was “Raise Levees for FEMA Accreditation Without Raising Roadways or Bridges – An Innovative Approach and Case Study”

An innovative and potentially less costly alternative is the use of passive flood barriers that extend across roadways and connect the levee at the new elevation requirement. These flood barriers are permanently installed beneath the roadway to allow continuous traffic service and are raised during flood events without human intervention or power to protect the dry/landward side.

Wastewater treatment plant in Decatur, IL won’t need to use sand bags this year

Sanitary District of Decatur is protercted from flooding by FloodBreak flood barriers and a floodwallThe Sanitary District of Decatur, a wastewater treatment plant in Decatur, IL is permanently protected from flood damage should the flooding that is ravaging many towns in the Midwest, threaten their facility.  They will not have to use personnel to fill and place sand bags around the plant nor undertake other flood fighting activities.  In 2012, the Sanitary District of Decatur added a floodwall and installed 7 FloodBreak® floodgates to protect the perimeter of their facility.

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Having recently completed its Wastewater Facilities Improvement and Expansion Program to meet the needs of Decatur’s area residents and industries well into the 21st Century, they realized the importance of keeping floodwaters out.  The wastewater treatment plant is protected with permanent flood barriers including vehicle gates that deploy automatically to protect vehicular entrances. Designed for industrial conditions, the permanently installed vehicle floodgates remain hidden, which allows full access to the plant.

FloodBreak prevents flood damage at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute

A FloodBreak® passive floodgate system was installed at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute in Nashville, TN to provide permanent protection 24/7  against future flooding.

FloodBreak Automatic Floodgate was selected to prevent future flood damageFloodBreak Automatic Floodgates protect against floodingFloodBreak passive flood barriers deploy without human intervention or powerFloodBreak passive flood barriers protect 24/7The Vanderbilt Eye Institute, a department of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was inundated with two feet of water on the first floor in the 2010 Flood.  Flooding on the Cumberland River also damaged the Grand Ole Opry House, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Bridgestone Arena and LP Field – home of the Tennessee Titans.

The FloodBreak pedestrian floodgate is permanently installed beneath grade at the Eye Institue entrance and will deploy automatically, without human intervention or power, should floodwaters approach the building.  The passive system is comprised of a buoyant beam that is lifted by the hydrostatic pressure from the rising floodwaters to prevent the water from entering through the doorway.  Self activating gaskets seal the barrier against the sidewalls.

 

FloodBreak chosen to protect another hospital

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) is an 84-acre campus on Galveston Island that was devastated by Hurricane Ike.   FEMA awarded the state of Texas more than $90 million, in the form of a Public Assistance Grant, for flood mitigation including FloodBreak passive flood barriers as part of dry floodproofing measures. FEMA requires that all non-residential structures that are located in Zone AE and are to be substantially improved must either have their lowest floors elevated to or above the base Flood Elevation (BFE) or be dry floodproofed (made substantially impermeable) to or above the BFE.

FloodBreak passive flood barriers protect against floodingFloodBreak passive flood barriers provide flood protection below the BFEFloodBreak passive flood barriers were chosen to provide permanent impermeable passive protection, but also because they are designed to withstand hydrostatic, hydrodynamic, and impact forces produced by flooding or high water events. When completed, the Primary Care Pavilion will have 13 FloodBreak passive flood barriers protecting vulnerable entrances.

UTMB joins a growing list of protected hospitals:

  • MD Anderson Cancer Center – Houston, TX
  • Lourdes Hospital – Binghamton, NY
  • Columbus Regional Hospital – Columbus, IN
  • Bayshore Medical Center – Pasadena, TX
  • Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth – Beaumont, TX
  • Lebanon Medical Center – Lebanon, OH
  • Cheyenne Medical Center – Cheyenne, WY

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