Fargo, N.D., Flood Control and Flood Protection Products Provided With TrapBags by Sentinel Barriers

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Fort Myers, Fla., flood-control company to provide 6 miles of flooding protection in Fargo, N.D., flood hazard locations along Red River of the North locations

“TrapBags are considerably less labor-intensive, more cost-effective and safer than other methods for providing flood projection barriers to prevent flooding,” said Everett “Buzz” Waid, company president, founder and inventor of TrapBags.

Sentinel Barriers in Fort Myers, Fla., and AmeriGlobe in a joint venture have contracted with the city of Fargo, N.D., to provide flood protection products for temporary levees in eight areas of Fargo as the Red River of the North is expected to crest in the coming days. Sentinel Barriers will provide six miles of temporary flood protection levees with its patent-pending TrapBags® system along the banks of the Red River. Another one mile of flood protection work will be done under a Cass County government project.

Sentinel Barriers will be training local Fargo workers March 21 and 22, and the actual flood protection project will begin shortly thereafter. The entire project is expected to be completed within seven days.

On March 3, the National Weather Service gave an 80 percent chance that the Red River will exceed last year’s crest of 37 feet in Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, Minn., and a 35 percent chance it will surpass the record crest of 40.84 feet set in 2009, when water damaged 100 homes. TrapBags are designed to keep the river’s water flowing in its natural path.

TrapBags are a series of 100-foot-long pentagon-shaped bags 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 project, 4-foot and 6-foot high TrapBags will be used.

TrapBags are designed to be filled rapidly to prevent flooding. The segments are hung on a guide rail system of a mobile delivery device where they are filled with sand, crushed stone or other fill material from a front-end loader, excavator or other heavy machinery. A tractor pulls the TrapBags delivery system while the hopper is loaded to fill each cell. A crew of four can provide up to a .5-mile barrier in about 24 hours. For a 4-foot tall, 100-linear-foot wall, it would take about 7,800 traditional sandbags. The same can be accomplished with just 34 TrapBags.

“TrapBags are considerably less labor-intensive, more cost-effective and safer than other methods for providing flood projection barriers to prevent flooding,” said Everett “Buzz” Waid, company president, founder and inventor of TrapBags. “City officials were impressed with how TrapBags work, especially on frozen ground where other systems tend to lean or move during a thaw.”

The Red River has incised a shallow, sinuous valley across one of the flattest expanses of land in the world: the floor of Glacial Lake Agassiz. It has passed into flood stage at least once per year in most recent years. During most years, this flooding has been minor, however since the beginning of a wet climatic cycle in 1993, several of these floods have been devastating.

The National Weather Service is expecting a third consecutive year of major flooding in the Red River Valley area. Fargo officials are preparing flood protection for a crest of up to 42 to 43 feet. Flood stage for Fargo-Moorhead is 18 feet.

About Sentinel Barriers:
Sentinel Barriers President Everett “Buzz” Waid invented the TrapBags system after helping the town of Fort Myers Beach, Fla., recover from Hurricane Charley in 2004. TrapBags have also been proven effective in the Florida Everglades and for other major projects. The company has extensive experience in providing barrier protection, and is presently providing assistance to state departments of transportation for primary flashflood erosion protection and mudslide abatement, as well as bridge-foundation protection. Waid can be reached at 239.229.5285 and Buzz(at)TrapBag(dot)com.

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