Horizontal Passive Flood Barriers

An automatic flood barrier that has been protecting vulnerable flood paths for public institutions + private sector businesses since 2002.
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Lourdes Hospital – Binghamton, NY

2011 FEMA Mitigation Best Practices Story

KEY FEATURES
 

➞  Passive flood mitigation measures preferred by FEMA

➞  Flood barriers that automatically deploy without human intervention or power

➞  Flood barriers that remain hidden, blended into the surrounding architecture

➞  Long service life. Materials are specified so that rust or corrosion are not a factor even in harsh environments

➞  Maintenance in minimal - A straightforward annual inspection performed by a small crew

➞  Horizontal design requires a shallow installation set-down

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FloodBreak®

 

 

With over 2,500 flood barriers installed, the FloodBreak® flood control system is a passive flood barrier that closes automatically to prevent water entry, activated by the rising floodwater without the aid of any power source, pumps or people. The system is almost invisible and yet will function day or night, even in the worst flood conditions. The concept is simple – let the water work against itself to automatically float the buoyant aluminum beam and activate the self-sealing rubber gasket. The higher the water rises, the higher the flood barrier is lifted until it reaches 90° and is held closed by the hydrostatic pressure. When the water recedes, the flood barrier returns to its recessed location in front of the entry way, allowing vehicle and pedestrian passage to resume.

SPECS

3-PART SPEC

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KEY BENEFITS

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DISCREET

FloodBreak remains hidden, blended into the surrounding architecture

QUICK & EASY DEPLOYMENT

Automatically deploys without human intervention or power

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NO HEIGHT OR WIDTH LIMITATIONS

No practical height or width limitation + gates can be designed for wave action loading and other requirements

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DURABLE

All seals are made from EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) + are rated for 10 years of service life

SEE HOW IT WORKS

GALLERY

APPLICATIONS

Buildings & Garages  |  Levee & Waterfronts  |  Flood Walls  |  Multi-Family  |  Residential