TrapBag cellular containment barriers were also provided for installation in an additional one-mile stretch under a separate project with Cass County, bringing the total installation in the Red River basin to seven miles.
“The TrapBag® cellular containment barrier system as a flood-protection measure did exactly as we expected: hold up to the flooding of the Red River and diverting water away from people and property,” Waid said.
TrapBag portable barriers are rapid and low-cost deployment cellular containment systems whose uses include flood control, erosion control, mudslide repair and prevention, pollution spill barrier and other applications where a secure container barrier system is needed.
Each TrapBag barrier system incorporates a series of 100-foot-long pentagon-shaped cellular containers with a common flexible portion separating each individual cell. They are connected side by side like an accordion, with separate cells within, making it easy to deploy and store. Each cell is sloped on one side, vertical on the opposite side and open at the top for filling. For the Fargo flood-control project, 4-foot-high and 6-foot-high TrapBag container barrier systems were used.
TrapBag barrier system are simply pulled out like an acordian then each 50 ft segment of 15 cells is conected they are filled with sand or gravel (or other fill material) from a front-end loader, excavator or other heavy machinery. A crew of two can provide up to 2000 ft. of 4 ft. TrapBag barrier protection in about 12 hours.
“For a 4-foot tall,100-linear-foot wall, as was the case in Fargo, it would have taken about 7,800 traditional sandbags to provide that type of flood protection,” Waid points out. “We did each 50-foot-long barrier with just 15 TrapBag cellular containment barriers. Plus, TrapBag barrier systems are considerably less labor-intensive and significantly more cost-effective and safer than other methods.”
It’s the third straight year of major flooding in Fargo. The Red River of the North crested at just under 39 feet this year, the fourth highest flood on record. Reports from Fargo indicate the flooding caused minor damage to just four or five homes — significantly less than the 40 to 50 buildings that took on water in 2009. There have also been reports of the city needing just 600,000 traditional sandbags this year — far fewer than the three million used in 2009. , the Red River of the North crested at a record 40.84 feet. Last year's crest of 36.99 feet was the sixth-highest on record.
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