Another devastating flood hit Houston, TX but FloodBreak customers were not worried.
Three FloodBreak passive automatic flood barriers are part of a new flood wall designed to protect Tacoma’s Central Treatment Plant from flooding.
FloodBreak passive automatic flood barriers are now protecting Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, IA & Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia
FloodBreak passive automatic flood barriers provide the best of all worlds: permanent flood protection, full building access and architectural integration.
The FloodBreak® Vent Shaft System is a versatile flood control product line that protects a range of ventilation openings above and below grade.
In response to Sandy, The MTA asked FloodBreak to develop a 2nd generation closure device to protect against coastal storm surge for their vulnerable vent openings, particularly in lower Manhattan. It would only be used in a planned shutdown if a major storm like Hurricane Irene or Superstorm Sandy approached the city.
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The double–gated device is designed for 10’ pressure head, near 100% airflow during “rest” position and is deployable by single operator with special tool, a MTA requirement. It is simple by design, requiring no maintenance, no power and ready for quick deployment.
Once installed inside the ventilation shafts, the units will eliminate the need for the labor intensive and risky process previously used where MTA personnel covered sidewalk grates with plywood and sand bags.
Architecturally integrated FloodBreak® passive automatic flood barriers protect Rosenberg Library.
The FloodBreak® passive flood barrier installed in 2008, once again protected Route 22 Honda, a Hillside, NJ Honda dealership, when flash floods came unexpectedly again this summer. The FloodBreak Vehicle Gate deployed automatically. lifted by the fast rising floodwaters caused by a slow-moving thunderstorm that inundated sections of Route 22 in Union County, NJ forcing road closure. Fortunately, Route 22 Honda was protected from damage to vehicles parked in their underground garage, just as they were protected during two previous flood events.
The Honda dealer is no stranger to flooding as they have experienced floods in past years including in 2010 when their decision to install a FloodBreak Automatic Floodgate paid for itself when it protected their property and helped reduce insurance premiums.
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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.
The 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.
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.
A FloodBreak® passive floodgate system was installed at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute in Nashville, TN to provide permanent protection 24/7 against future flooding.
The 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.