“Tiger Dams emergency flood control equipment is typically shipped in 50 foot sections sealed in 55 gallon plastic containers. Tubes are 50 feet in length when they are filled (54 feet when empty) and the tubes are 19 inches in height. Larger lengths rolled on spools may be provided. Each section is inspected, tested and certified prior to shipping. Upon arrival on-site, a section that will form part of the bottom courses is laid out and filled with water. Other sections are added to the initial section, connecting to form a watertight seal and filled with water. Once the bottom course is completed, subsequent courses are added in the same fashion as required.
After the flood waters have receded and the dam is no longer required, the system can be drained, packaged and shipped to an authorized distributor to be cleaned, tested, repaired if necessary, re-certified and repackaged. It takes approximately 90 seconds to fill one tube with water using a fire hydrant and 3 minutes using a standard pump.” Source.
Louisiana National Guardsmen use machinery to fill Hesco baskets with sand to protect residential neighborhoods in preparation of impending flooding from the likely diversion of Mississippi River floodwaters into the Atchafalaya Basin, in Morgan City, La., Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Source
“The Hesco bastion is both a modern gabion used for flood control and military fortification and the name of the British company that developed it in the late 1980s. It is made of a collapsible wire mesh container and heavy duty fabric liner, and used as a temporary to semi-permanent dike or barrier against blast or small-arms. It is used on nearly every United States Military base in Iraq as well as on NATO bases in Afghanistan.
Originally designed for use on beaches and marshes for erosion and flood control, the HESCO Bastion quickly became a popular security device in the 1990s. Hesco barriers continue to be used for their original purpose. They were used in 2005 to reinforce levees around New Orleans in the few days between Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.During the June 2008 Midwest floods 27,000 feet of Hesco barrier wall were shipped to Iowa. In late March, 2009, 35,000 feet of Hesco barrier were delivered to Fargo, North Dakota to fight floods.
Specifically, the brand name for the barrier is ‘Concertainer’, with ‘HESCO Bastion’ being the British company that produces it, though the barrier itself is quite generally referred to as a HESCO Bastion, or simply “Hesco”.”
“A wall of Hesco baskets protects the Riverside Medical Center in Vidalia, La., from Mississippi River floodwaters…
Hesco baskets, named after the company that makes them, don’t appear high-tech. They look like wire trash cans lined with fabric. They come in 15-foot-long sections that collapse down to 4 inches tall. One 18-wheeler can haul in a mile of flood protection. Pop them up, fill them with sand, and two people can fill the equivalent of 1,500 sandbags in 20 minutes.”
“Inmate trustees from St. Martin Parish Correctional Center make sand bags for residents in preparation of impending flooding from the likely diversion of Mississippi River floodwaters into the Atchafalaya Basin, in Stephensville, La., Tuesday, May 10, 2011.” Source
“One of the last places to get river sand for flood fighting”
All uncredited images courtesy of The Army Corps of Engineers “05.17.11 Flood Fight Efforts” Flickr set