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Floodsax® Assist Community Flood Scheme In Yorkshire

Posted: Monday 3rd November 2008

FloodSax® were handed out to 180 properties in Catcliffe, Rotherham, under an innovative scheme to help protect households at risk in South Yorkshire.

The scheme is backed by Floods Recovery Minister John Healey, MP for Wentworth. Mr. Healey joined green support services provider eaga, Rotherham Council, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, the Environment Agency, Catcliffe Parish Council and the local Flood Action Group to hand out highly absorbent FloodSax® to residents in the area.

Designed to be compact, lightweight and easily stored in the house, FloodSax® are the brainchild of Huddersfield entrepreneur, Richard Bailey, of Environmental Defence Systems Limited.

FloodSax® are about the size of a small pillow but can hold up to 22 litres of water. Unlike sandbags, which can be heavy and difficult to move, they are ideal for the elderly or frail who can use them in an emergency. They can also be used for up to five years, which is considerably longer than sandbags, which start to break down and become useless after just a few months.

Mr. Healey said: “I welcome this joint initiative to provide all previously flooded households in the Catcliffe area of Rotherham with added protection against flooding. Last summer's floods caused misery for thousands of people with widespread damage across large parts of the country. Thousands of homes and businesses were affected with further damage to schools, roads and leisure facilities. Agriculture and the tourist industry were also hit.”

A representative at eaga added: “Climate change means extreme weather conditions are becoming far more frequent, so we must do all we can to give individual households extra resilience to protect themselves. These FloodSax® can do just that. By having them stored in the house they can be deployed at very short notice to block the water coming through the front and back doors or to prevent the unpleasantness of lavatories overflowing. They effectively act like a giant sized nappy.

“If, as we fully expect, this initiative is successful we will be looking to extend it to other vulnerable areas across the UK.”

For more information on FloodSax®, please visit or contact us on 01484 641009.

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