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The revolutionary device saving flood-threatened homes

Posted: Tuesday 3rd March 2009

A UNIQUE flood barrier that can protect homes and businesses from the damaging effects of flooding in less than two minutes is revolutionising the way flooding is managed.

‘Floodgate’ comprises of an expandable steel frame that can be quickly fitted into a doorway or opening to act as a barrier against water intrusion.

Unlike unreliable sand bags that take time to deploy and can be dislodged when flood water rises, the ‘Floodgate’ system uses a scissor jack mechanism attached to the frame to lock it in place.

The easily mobile frame is protected by a wetsuit-like neoprene cover, and will guard against flooding with a greater effectiveness than the equivalent of more than 50 sandbags. It does not require permanent fittings and therefore, does not interfere with the aesthetics or structure of a building.

With the devastating reality that just two inches of flood water inside a property can cause an average of £20,000 in repairs to damaged structures and fittings, the ‘Floodgate’ door barrier is currently being utilised by the Environment Agency, local councils, the National Trust and homeowners for future protection against flood damage.

‘Floodgate’ has also been praised by a South Wales housing project, Bron Afon, for the effects it had on stopping damage to their tenants’ homes during recent flash flooding.

With memories of last year’s devastating floods still fresh, there was little surprise when the Met Office confirmed that this summer was yet again one of the wettest since records began.

More than 73,000 homes and businesses were affected by last summer’s flash flooding and the extent of the water and structural damage is still being felt by 5,500 families who are unable to return to their homes.

Speaking of the product that is revolutionising the way flooding is managed by homeowners and local authorities across the UK, Simon Evans, Director of Floodgate Ltd said: “Since its inception during the late 1990’s, the product has developed into what is now a leading flood protection system that can be rapidly deployed and utilised time and time again to fight against both flash and prolonged flooding.

“Due to the unpredictable weather that we are experiencing in the UK and the increase in seemingly trivial problems such as leaves blocking drains, flooding is not just a problem confined to flood prone areas.

“Statistics compiled by the insurance industry show that even a few inches of flood water in your home can result in claims averaging £20,000.

“Owning or even having access to a Floodgate will significantly reduce instances of flood damaged homes and businesses in the UK.

For further information on Floodgate visit or contact 01267 23 42 05

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