FloodBreak is the new standard in flood mitigation. FloodBreak passive flood barrier systems provide permanent, fully automatic, 24/7, flood protection. Permanently installed and nearly invisible, FloodBreak flood barriers are buoyant aluminum panels that deploy without human intervention or power, lifted by the hydrostatic pressure of the rising floodwaters.
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FloodBreak helps protect in three critical areas:
- Critical Buildings – FloodBreak will protect hospitals, commercial offices and other essential buildings from flooding that forces evacuation and causes extensive damage.
- Underground Rooms – FloodBreak can provide permanent, automatic flood protection to vent shafts and street level openings without the need for human intervention or power.
- Roads and Tunnels – FloodBreak automatic floodgates can provide permanent, 24/7 flood protection for tunnel entrances and roads but won’t deploy until flooding actually begins.
Why you should include FloodBreak in your flood control solution.
Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, NY was protected by 11 FloodBreak flood barriers and remained operational in the September 2011 Irene Flood. Dozens of other deployments have been recorded including locations in the NY tri-state area.
MD Anderson Cancer Center installed FloodBreak passive floodgates after active flood closures failed during Tropical Storm Allison and devastated the Texas Medical Center. Ten years later, they continue to install FloodBreak gates on their growing campus. Hundreds more have been installed globally. All are certified by an independent engineer. See more projects
FloodBreak passive flood barrier systems can include a range of architectural finishes to blend with the building design. Sidewalls can incorporate stainless skins, granite cladding and other smooth finishes. The recessed floodgate can be covered with pavers, carpet or stone. We can work with you on the details of any given finish once you have some specific options. Learn more
FloodBreak Automatic Floodgates are designed for decades of service life in extreme conditions with minimal maintenance. FloodBreak Vehicle Gates are rated for HS-25 loading so they will withstand continuous heavy duty traffic. The IBWC, a federal agency, has installed 14 gates across roadways, many of which are over 100′ long. Learn about the IBWC Flood Control Project
FEMA prefers passive mitigation that deploys without human intervention or power compared to active closures, which have failed. FloodBreak has been included in numerous FEMA funded projects and featured in two FEMA Mitigation Best Practices stories.
FloodBreak is proven flood control technology that can be implemented today. Sea barriers and inflatable plugs might be future solutions but are still unproven. Active measures require personnel training and time to deploy. Mother Nature might not wait.