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When the floods come stick to the tried and tested.....

FloodSax®, the innovative self-inflating flood defence system are set to revolutionise the way we control damage due to flooding. FloodSax® Pioneer Presented With Green Hero Award in recognition for their environmental project - FloodSax®. The Shields are awarded annually in recognition of companies, councils and communities carrying out projects that enhance the environment. FloodSax® Got The Thumbs Up From The National Disabled Fire Association endorsing FloodSax® as a product designed with disabled people and the elderly very much in mind.

Green, innovative, designed with the disabled in mind, what could possibly go wrong with these sandbag replacements...

residents complained yesterday that flood defences simply floated away. They had been given packs of expanding pillows, designed like nappies, to soak up 20 litres of water.

Simon Richell, 40 and wife, Gez, 38, saved their three sons, aged 11, 4 and 9 months, then tried to protect their riverside home. “We got handed these bags which expand to absorb water but they just floated off,” said Mr Richell. “We ended up filling sandbags from the kids’ sandpit.”


Failed sandbag replacements hardly "enhance the environment" by letting the floodwaters destroy everything in their path.

yes...but they are green!...isn't that all that matters?

Where will the new bags go for now? Float just about everywhere, become eyesores, need to be gathered (by whom, pray tell?) and disposed of (uh, where -landill?). The Richell's sandbags can be emptied back into the kddies' sandbox, the bags disposed as biodegradable waste (cloth?) via one or another of the multiple wheelie bins (well, maybe not, since I doubt any leftover soil counts as being capable of degrading into soil...).

This brings to mind the newbie sailor who needed an emergency anchor. Thinking that something heavy would do, he filled a large can with water and lowered it over the side!
These stupid bags would only work if the empty bag was made of something like lead. Also funny was a time, many years ago, when offshore power-boat racers were told that they must carry an anchor. Not wanting too much weight up front, one racer built a Danforth style anchor out of welded aluminium sheets. When the inspector looked at it and lifted it, he said, "I wonder how good this will be?" and tossed it overboard, where it floated!

Maybe the customers weren't told that you have to soak them first. Ultimately the use controlled water to defend against uncontrolled water.

I like that idea. (It's an engineer thang....)

But I'm still trying to find out how easy it is to dry them out for storage and re-use.

And ultimately, if the water gets high enough, you know you have to let it in the house. Because if you don't, the pressure will damage the structure.

Just wait till some local fauna choke to death on those bags. Then you won't hear the last of it...

Those floodsax cost £155 plus VAT for a box of twenty bags. There are some councils who charge householders nearly ten quid per empty sandbag, and you have to go to the builders yard and fill them yourself.

Monty, whether or not they were soaked before being put in place, they could only work if piled into a dam, the top of which was well above the water in order to generate enough weight to keep them in place. This dam would have to extend beyond the high water mark, or right round the house. Trying simply to block off a door will be doomed to failure. As soon as the water came close to the high point of the dam, all will float away, since there will be no weight to hold it all down. Think about the "heavy weight" anchor made from a full can that I mentioned above.

I actually think people are missing the point here. The FloodSax are actually quite ingenious. The idea is you pre-soak them in water so they at least absorb some water to hold them in place or you fully inflate them with water so they definitely wont move. Once fully inflated they weight exactly the same as a traditional sandbag so if the water was so ferocious then then sandbag would also get washed away. At least to put them in place is really quick to use and clean. If used correctly they are better than sandbags. Ok, not necessarily cheaper for an individual but for a council they offer greater value than traditional sandbags.

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