Cities

Fighting Floods with Mobile Water Barriers

The NoFloods Barrier is an easy-to-deploy and cost-efficient alternative to the traditional use of sandbags for flood protection. The solution consists of tube structures which are filled with water from nearby sources, including actual floodwater, in order to create an impermeable barricade that can retain up to 80 centimeters of water over a long distance. The barrier is deployed in sections of 200 meters, and it can be continuously extended on all types of surfaces.

In the winter of 2014, the French city of Redon experienced severe flooding when heavy rain caused the water levels to rise in nearby rivers. However, the local government managed to deploy 500 meters of the NoFloods Mobile Barriers, which successfully protected the city and its residents.

Why you should care

Globally, flooding is the most frequent natural disaster, responsible for extensive economic and humanitarian impacts annually. Between 2000 and 2015, 332 flood events in Europe alone were recorded, resulting in approximately 1,720 fatalities. The NoFloods Barrier is an effective approach to increase resilience against floods and has already proven its ability to protect people, infrastructure and the environment in several countries around the World.

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