As flooding events become more and more frequent, several companies have come up with innovative ways to help mitigate your risk and protect your property.

Only commercial properties can earn premium credits for mitigation methods, but if Congress ever gets around to making meaningful reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) perhaps these credits will be available to all property owners. Meanwhile residential property owners can take advantage of the technology to protect their biggest investment.

  • Tigerdams – usfloodcontrol.com – Tigerdams are a  system of water filled tubes that connect to any length and stack from 19 inches to 32 feet to provide a barrier of any shape.  This product is well suited for containing large volumes of water around buildings with space that allows them to be deployed to their full size.  According to their website, Tigerdams can be assembled within minutes using floodwater or any water source with the help of as few as two people (depending on the scope of the job).
  • Quick Dams – quickdams.com – Quick Dams are sandless “sandbags” that come in a variety of sizes that can be used to block the flow of water, and even redirect it.  Easily stored and deployed, Quick Dams offer endless flexibility.
  • Floodsax – floodsax.com – Like Quick Dams, Floodsax are sandless sandbags that expand and absorb when wet.  Floodsax are also reusable and easily stored, making them an easy addition to your hurricane supply kit.
  • Water-gate – megasecur.com/en – Water-gate uses the pressure of oncoming water to stabilize itself. It can be set up by one person and requires no filler material.  This product works much like the Tiger Dams in applications with the space to deploy the dams.
  • Fluvial Innovations – fluvial-innovations.co.uk – Fluvial Innovations’ products are stackable interlocking blocks that fill with rising flood waters and act as a stable barrier.  This product can be used to protect a home or small business or a larger business or utility.  The company also has a similar product that can be deployed by one person.

There are many products that can fit almost every job and every budget.  So leave the sand on the beach instead of in bags.

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