self-closing flood barrier News

  • A Scottish first for the Self Closing Flood Barrier

    The Freuchie Mill area in Fife Scotland, has long been prone to flooding and many residents in the community have learnt to live with the daily fear of heavy rainfall which could bring further damage and misery to their lives. However, for some in properties owned by Kingdom Housing Association, the need to respond to the sound of the flood air horn at Freuchie Mill, ...


  • UK first self closing flood barriers unveiled to protect tourist town devastated in Cumbrian floods

    A well known tourist destination in the Lake District, devastated by flooding in 2009, is set to benefit from innovative new self-closing flood barriers. Cockermouth’s £4.4 million flood scheme, officially opening on Tuesday, uses automatic barriers to better protect the town. It is the first time the technology has been used to protect a community from flood. The defences were ...

  • GFDS Prepares for showcasing the Tsunami Flood Barrier at Aquatech Amsterdam

    As part of our impressive stand at the Aquatech Exhibition 1st-4th November we will be showcasing working models of a number of our passive flood defence systems. Alongside our Self Closing Flood Barrier Range, which includes the SCFB®, and the Floodbreak we will also be displaying our Tsunami Barrier. On the stand will be a working model of our tsunami defence system in action. ...


  • Flood forecast improving but the risk of flooding continues

    Parts of southern, south west and central England remain at risk of flooding as river levels remain high. While the overall picture is starting to improve as river levels stabilise, risks to people and property remain. Severe flood warnings remain in place along the Thames and in Somerset where water levels continue to rise in response to recent rainfall. Ground water flooding also continues to ...

  • Sandbags are Needed for Severe Flooding

    With the recent flooding we have seen in the East and South, being prepared can not only save lives and property, but allow you to provide the needed protection without large human workforces. With the SandMaster, sandbags can be filled and placed at an amazing rate providing a very viable solution for your emergency flood control needs. The ...


    By Barrier Systems, LLC

  • Environment Agency issues severe flood warnings for coastal flooding

    The Environment Agency has (as of 1600 Thursday) issued 12 severe flood warnings for coastal communities as strong winds combine with high tides and large waves from the early hours of tomorrow (Friday 3 January). Severe flood warnings – the highest category of warning – indicate a danger to life and property and have been issued for the following locations as of 1600: Cornwall: ...

  • Review of damage-reducing measures for floods

    Climate change is likely to increase the frequency and severity of flooding. This study reviewed damage mitigating measures at local, regional and national scales, and suggests that approaches including both spatial planning and private precautionary measures (such as building adaptations) are important for integrated risk management. Floods and the resulting damage are increasing in Europe. For ...

  • Satellites to strengthen UK flood response

    DMCii is leading a new European Space Agency (ESA) project to design and build a system for the UK civil resilience community - those tasked with responding to and recovering from disasters - putting space-based systems at their disposal. The system will be used for all types of emergencies listed in the UK's National Risk Register but the project's focus is on flood scenarios. Flooding ...

  • Quick Sandbagging for Spring Flooding 2014

    According to NOAA’s Spring Outlook for 2014, rivers in half of the continental USA are at minor or moderate risks of flooding this spring. The SandMaster sandbagging attachment may be just what your community needs to provide the protection when a flood event threatens your ...


    By Barrier Systems, LLC

  • Flood risk remains for parts of southern England

    Thames Barrier shuts for record 16th consecutive time to help reduce flood risk for communities along the Thames. Parts of southern, south west and central England remain at risk of flooding as river levels remain high following recent heavy rainfall. To help protect communities along the River Thames, the Environment Agency has closed the Thames Barrier for a record sixteenth consecutive closure ...

  • Environment Agency warns of continued flood risk

    Current situation Communities in Dorset, Oxfordshire, south Wiltshire, Hampshire and along the river Thames are being urged to remain prepared for more flooding today and the remainder of the week. More unsettled weather over the next few days will see rain falling on already saturated ground increasing the chance of flooding. Along Dorset’s south west coast large waves and ...

  • Three severe flood warnings in place for Dorset

    The Environment Agency has this afternoon issued two further severe flood warnings for flooding along the Dorset coast. Current situation In addition to the severe flood warning already in place for Iford Bridge Home Park on the Lower River Stour in Bournemouth, the Environment Agency is warning people along the coast at Preston Beach in the Lodmore area of Weymouth and the ...

  • New insights into uptake of household flood mitigation measures

    Comprehensive flood risk management should include household measures, such as improving a home’s stability and relocating heating systems to safe places within the house. According to new research, better communication with householders by authorities on the effectiveness of such measures, and how to implement them, could increase their uptake. With the recognition that flooding is ...

  • Turkey floods highlight need for climate change adaptation

    Recent flooding in parts of Turkey has underscored the need to focus on ecologically-sound flood management practices to shield urban areas from extreme weather events, particularly those caused by climate change. “The presence of deadly floods right in the heart of Istanbul first of all points at the insufficient infrastructure of the city,” said Dr. Filiz Demirayak, the CEO of WWF-Turkey. ...


    By WWF International

  • Work begins on new flood defence schemes

    39 new flood and coastal defence projects have been announced as part of Government plans to reduce the risk of flooding and coastal erosion in England. Of these new projects 21 will provide additional protection to over 13,000 households at risk of flooding. The remainder mainly relate to vital repairs and safety enhancements to existing defences. Over the next year £521m will be spent ...

  • Risk of flooding remains high across the south of England

    The risk of flooding continues this week across the south of England as rivers respond to heavy rainfall and groundwater remains high. As of 2pm on Tuesday there were three severe flood warnings for Dorset. Across the south of England, there are over 100 flood warnings and 200 flood alerts in place. There is a continuing risk of flooding from groundwater in Dorset and south Wiltshire. The ...

  • UNEP discusses breaking down barriers to a green economy in new year book

    An emerging Green Economy is glimpsed in the latest United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Year Book as growing numbers of companies embrace environmental policies and investors pump hundreds of billions of dollars into cleaner and renewable energies.  Climate change, as documented in the Year Book, is increasingly changing the global environment from the melting of permafrost and ...


    By Oy Ekotuotanto AB

  • Global Flood Defence Systems Secures New Distribution Partners in Benelux Region

    Global Flood Defence Systems (GFDS), a leading provider of sustainable, passive flood solutions based in the UK, has signed an agreement with distributors covering the Benelux region. The partners, Benelux Flood Defence Systems will be responsible for securing sales of the company’s extensive range of innovative flood defence products in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. ...


  • 6th December 10:30 Update: Severe flood warnings remain in force

    Communities along the east coast urged to remain prepared for further flooding Significant flooding along the east coast of England is expected to continue today (Friday), as the most serious coastal tidal surge for over 60 years will continue to affect communities today. Parts of North Yorkshire, the East Riding of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent are at greatest risk ...

  • Communities urged to take action to protect themselves and their homes from flooding

    Risk of flooding continues across south and south west England. With the Met Office reporting 30 to 60 mm of rainfall across southern England over the last 24 hours, many rivers including the Medway, Severn and Thames continue to respond, bringing a risk of flooding over the next three days. Prepare for flooding and listen to advice We have issued a severe flood warning, ...

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