Critical lifeline entities like hospitals rely on FloodBreak® Automatic Floodgates to provide permanent flood protection while allowing their vulnerable entrances to remain open until a flood is imminent.
Major health care providers who look to FloodBreak for passive flood barriers for permanent flood control protection without human intervention or power:
- MD Anderson – Houston, TX
- Lourdes Hospital – Binghamton, NY
- Bayshore Medical – Pasadena, TX
- Columbus Regional Hospital – Columbus, IN
- Christus Hospital – Beaumont, TX
- UTMB – Galveston, TX
- Cheyenne Regional Medical Center – Cheyenne, WY
- NYU Langone Medical Center – New York, NY
- Mercy Medical Center – Cedar Rapids, IA
- Monash Children’s Hospital – Melbourne, Australia
Permanently installed beneath the surface, FloodBreak passive flood barriers provide 24/7 flood control without the need for human intervention or power. If required by an Emergency Plan they can be raised manually, but hospitals have the peace of mind knowing that they are permanently protected from unexpected flash floods.
FloodBreak was invented to provide permanent flood protection to critical institutions like medical centers.
In 2001, Tropical Storm Allison decimated the Texas Medical Center when active mitigation measures failed. The floodwaters came too fast; flood logs and doors couldn’t be closed. The result was billions in damage.
MD Anderson Cancer Center
In the aftermath of TS Allison MD Anderson looked to FloodBreak for their flood mitigation needs and has surrounded their entire campus with permanent flood protection that blends in with their architectural design. As a world class cancer center, MD Anderson must protect its campus from hazards but also must remain open to patients, doctors and staff. Want to learn more – Read the case history
Columbus Regional Hospital
Columbus Regional Hospital was determined not to be closed down by a flood ever again. They chose FloodBreak passive floodgates as part of their flood mitigation project. Surprised by a flash flood, the hospital was forced to evacuate and was closed for months. As the major hospital for community, they simply cannot be shut down. FloodBreak Automatic Floodgates provide Columbus Regional Hospital with permanent flood protection without the need for human intervention or power.
Lourdes Hospital suffered catastrophic flooding in 2006 that forced them to evacuate. A FEMA funded flood mitigation that included a floodwall and 11 FloodBreak floodgates prevented the hospital from being damaged in the 2011 flood. The flood mitigation project was a result of an earlier flood in 2006 that had forced evacuation of patients and staff. The floodwall and 11 passive floodgates were included in the design after extensive hydrologic and hydraulic work. Read the FEMA Mitigation Best Practices story.
Bayshore Medical Center
Bayshore Medical Center is an HCA affiliated community hospital that was vulnerable to street flooding. Aware that active mitigation measures had failed in the nearby Texas Medical Center, they wanted to be protected 24/7 without the need for human intervention or power. The FloodBreak Automatic Floodgate was installed at the top of the service entrance where it would provide permanent flood protection but remain hidden to allow employees and vehicles unimpeded access unless the area flooded. Read the case history.
UTMB (University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston)
Following catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Ike in 2008, UTMB received FEMA funds for flood mitigation. A total of 13 passive floodgates were installed to protect vehicle and pedestrian openings at the Primary Care Pavilion.
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center
Situated in a floodplain, Cheyenne Regional installed FloodBreak passive flood barriers in September 2013 to protect the recently expanded hospital from future flood damage. Five flood barriers now protect vehicular and pedestrian openings.
Read about FloodBreak recent installations at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, IA & Monash Chidren’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. More here