World's Most Effective 'Invisible' Flood Barrier Is Unveiled In The UK
30 July 2009, News release from UK Flood Barriers Limited
A pioneering flood defence system that ingeniously 'self closes' has been launched in the UK, revolutionising the way property is protected against floods.
Available exclusively from Worcestershire-based UK Flood Barriers, the innovative Self Closing Flood Barrier weighs less than water and automatically rises like a floating wall when water levels rise.
The award winning, patented design is already proven worldwide. It is currently being installed to secure the USA's National Archives building in Washington DC, where it will protect priceless documents including the original Declaration of Independence.
Installed level with the ground, the Self Closing Flood Barrier works via a filling-pipe system which is instantly activated by high water levels caused by heavy rainfall, gales or melting snow.
When the system is full, the rising polyester wall locks the barrier waterproof. When waters recede, it automatically closes, drains out and remains virtually invisible.
The benefits of the barrier are many. No power source is required so it still operates in a power cut. Importantly it avoids the need to rely on weather reports and flood predictions, and the costly manual erection and dismantling of temporary barriers.
The barrier costs around half the amount of conventional flood barriers, explained Frank Kelly, research and development consultant of UK Flood Barriers in Droitwich.
"It's far more resilient and cheaper than other options as it requires virtually no maintenance.
It can stay in the ground for up to 50 years with absolutely no human intervention and can save £millions of taxpayers money."
A recent Environment Agency report estimates that one in six homes in England are at risk of flooding and that investment in defence systems will need to double over the next 25 years.
Mr Kelly added: "With climate change, the situation is likely to worsen and scenes such as the terrible flooding in Tewkesbury and Hull in 2007 will become all the more common.
"Our Self Closing Flood Barrier provides the ultimate protection to people and properties in any high-risk flood situation."
Designed by Dutch engineers, the barrier has many applications. For example, it can be installed along a waterway, in a flood wall, in coastal defences, to surround low lying buildings, along roadways, to protect entrances to underground car parks and entrances between a man-made bund, among many others.
The Barrier has already received six global awards, most notably as winner of the 'Best Civil Technical Invention in the World' at the Salon Internationale des Inventions.
For further information, contact UK Flood Barriers on 01905 773282 or visit www.ukfloodbarriers.co.uk
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