A Coventry enterprise which retains individuals protected from the specter of terrorism has branched out into a brand new market with the launch of its first ever flood safety product.
Safetyflex Obstacles – which specialises within the manufacture of anti-terrorism bollards and boundaries – has launched the brand new ‘flood stopper’ following quite a lot of high-profile floods throughout the nation, and on the again of buyer demand.
The moveable metal blocks could be positioned on feeder streams to primary rivers, slowing down the stream and making a mini dam to cease flooding earlier than water reaches cities and cities.
In keeping with Authorities figures, practically two million properties in floodplains alongside rivers, estuaries and coasts within the UK are probably prone to river or coastal flooding, with flooding – and flood administration – costing the UK round £2.2 billion every year.
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Rob Gerrard, technical director of Safetyflex, stated: “The impression of a flood can result in devastating penalties for communities, and sadly we have seen flood warnings change into increasingly more frequent lately.
“Following conversations with quite a lot of completely different corporations concerning this drawback, we’re actually excited to introduce the flood stopper to Safetyflex’s progressive vary, marking the primary for us within the flood safety market.
“Whereas most of the conventional flood defences goal defences inside cities and cities themselves, our flood stopper could be put in shortly to hit the supply earlier than it has the prospect to construct up momentum, saving properties, companies and communities from flooding.”
The flood boundaries – which take two hours to put in – could be arrange simply as a part of a fast response to a flood warning.
Its design contains lifting arms to make sure they are often carried into place, whereas a diversion hose will also be fitted to assist re-route river flows.
The flood stopper is floor mounted and wishes no floor fixing to carry it in place as soon as put in. It may be eliminated inside hours when not required.
A single block can be utilized to cease flooding from small streams, whereas a number of blocks can be utilized for bigger floor areas.
It has additionally been impression examined to resist as much as 185 tonnes, creating a powerful defence barrier from any particles or felled timber which can enter the water. The product has already been awarded patents within the UK and abroad.