Are Sand Bags the best alternative to flooding?
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General information Sand Bags
The use of these bags is the oldest and most well-known solution. They are reasonably cheap and widely available. It is already an age-old system that actually no longer fits into this modern age. Little has changed about the bag with sand all this time. These bags made of jute and a plastic fiber are available. The latter is usually reusable 1 or 2 times but burlap soon decays and is not reusable.
There are nowadays attractive innovative alternatives such as the Tubebarrier on the market. These ensure that the bags with sand are unnecessary in many cases.
Most bags consist of Polypropylene, PVC, Polyacrylic and Jute material. Each material has its own shelf life of which jute is the shortest.
You should fill a bag up to 2/3 part with sand and will then weigh approximately 16 kg. When a sandbag is wet, it will soon weigh 25 kilograms
Sand Bags individuals
Sand bags are also sold to private individuals. Both empty and filled. Bear in mind that a filled bag with sand weighs more than 16 kilos. For a sand dyke 40 cm high, you will soon need> 30 pieces per meter. So almost 500 kg per meter to build a small sand dike. The same with the Homebarrier 40 cm high, it weighs only 5 kg per meter, so a fraction of a sand dike embankment.
What not everyone pays attention to is the removal of the bags. There are often enough volunteers and the army is often there to lay down the bags with sand. But taking it away … who will do that? As mentioned, in some cases the sand in the bag is also contaminated by overflow of sewers and flooding of industrial areas where contaminated waste is stored. This sand is labeled as contaminated soil and cannot be reused for anything. This can be a problem, but also the high costs that this entails is a big bump in the municipality’s budget.
Place Sand Dike
Placing a sand dike with these bags brings a lot of hassle with it. Often there is the time pressure but also the required equipment to get to the right place is a huge challenge. Many volunteers are needed who want to fill the bags and put them in place. Thousands of bags are needed to erect a half-meter high dike over a length of 100 meters. And if this is at a location that is difficult to reach where transport can be difficult, then it becomes a huge challenge.