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RDFW levee during laboratory overtopping testing.
RDFW levee during laboratory overtopping testing.
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Within the United States, sandbags have traditionally been the product of choice for temporary, barrier type flood fighting structures. Sandbags are readily available and familiar to the general public. However, sandbag structures are labor-intensive and time consuming to construct. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has long been aware of the need to develop more expedient, cost effective, temporary flood fighting technologies. Therefore, the USACE continues to encourage the development of innovative products to decrease long-term costs and increase the effectiveness of flood fighting.

The traditional use of sandbags to raise a levee during times of rising waters is time-consuming and labor intensive. Numerous products have been marketed for flood fighting but have not been adequately tested. This work unit has subjected selected products to a rigorous and repeatable laboratory testing protocol.

In the 2004 Energy and Water Development bill, Congress recognized the need for expedient, temporary barrier type flood fighting technology. The Army Corps of Engineers (ERDC) was directed to develop a comprehensive laboratory and field-testing program for the scientific testing of Rapid Deployment Flood Wall (RDFW) and other promising alternative flood-fighting technologies.

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 Flood Fighting Products - Laboratory Testing  
Summary of EFF Test Results
2005-09 - EFF Lab Test - HESCO Retest.pdf (21.9 Kb)
2007-07 - EFF Lab Test - Flood Fighting Demo.pdf (41.8 Kb)
Laboratory testing of Portadam, HESCO Bastion concertainer, RDFW, and sandbag structures was conducted in a wave research basin at ERDC.
2008-04 - EFF Lab Test - Web_Floodwalls.pdf (414.6 Kb)
FloodWalls™ Summary of results of laboratory testing of the FloodWalls flood fighting barrier.
2008-04 - EFF Lab Test - Web_Metalith H2O.pdf (123 Kb)
Metalith H2O™ Summary of results of laboratory testing of the Metalith H2O flood fighting barrier.
2010-10 - EFF Lab Test - DefenCell.pdf (124.4 Kb)
The DefenCell from Fiberweb, Inc., uses lightweight geotextile sheets held together to create a series of inter-connected cells which, when filled with sand, are designed to be used as a rapidly installed barrier to flood waters.
2012-10 - EFF Lab Test - AquaFence.pdf (262.5 Kb)
The AquaFence barrier is a system of hinged impervious plywood panels with flexible fabric connections between adjacent panels. The panels are completely reusable and designed for rapid installation over pre-set anchors and pre-installed end panels. No sand fill or water fill is required.
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Keywords: flood fighting, emergency response, levee, RDFW, Rapid Deployment, Flood Wall, HESCO Bastion Concertainer, Portadam

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