TrapBag® Cellular Containment Barrier Systems Prove Effective in Red River Flood Control

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TrapBag® flood-protection barriers help protect people and property in Fargo, N.D., during the fourth highest flood on record

The strength and unique design of TrapBag barriers make them especially useful for the annual flooding that Fargo endures, they performed very well.

Six miles of TrapBag cellular containment barriers installed at strategic locations in Fargo, N.D., helped make this year’s flooding of the Red River of the North one of the least damaging in years. Fargo officials are crediting new and alternative protective measures, as well as better planning and preparation time, for the improvements in flood protection.

“The strength and unique design of TrapBag barriers make them especially useful for the annual flooding that Fargo endures, they performed very well,” said Everett “Buzz” Waid, inventor of the patent-pending TrapBag brand of quick-install barriers, and president of Sentinel Barriers. “Plus, the city significantly reduced the number of traditional sandbags it needed.”

The Fort Myers-based company was awarded the contract to provide and oversee the installment of six miles of the TrapBag cellular containment systems in mid March. Sentinel Barriers devised the system and AmeriGlobe of Lafayette, La., manufactured the barriers.

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 segments are hung on a guide rail system of a mobile delivery device where they are filled with sand or gravel (or other fill material) from a front-end loader, excavator or other heavy machinery. A tractor pulls the delivery system while the hopper is loaded to fill each cell. A crew of four can provide up to one mile of TrapBag barrier protection in about 24 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 100-foot-long barrier with just 34 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. 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.

About Sentinel Barriers:
Sentinel Barriers President Everett “Buzz” Waid invented the TrapBag cellular containment protection system after helping the town of Fort Myers Beach, Fla., recover from Hurricane Charley in 2004. TrapBag barrier systems have also been proven effective in the Florida Everglades and 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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