With the summer sun shining, and everyone worrying about the heat and the lack of rain, it was a strange time to be setting up flood barriers, but that’s exactly how we spent our time at the recent training event at Knappmill water treatment works.
A great bunch of lads were there to learn the ropes and discover how simple it can be to get the flood defence systems set up quickly, right where they are needed. It was an great experience for all concerned, both the trainers and the trainees, and there was lots of time for questions and answers.
But of course the main focus was on teaching the nest practices to get the flood barriers moved quickly into position, fully assembled, filled with water to make them into a rock-hard barrier, and joining them to complete the solid wall type structure required to hold back any rising flood waters.
It was noted that the slightly flexible bottom of the flood barrier tube allowed it to sink into the uneven ground surface, and maintain a water-tight barrier even when the ground itself was uneven. This was considered a huge advantage as you never know where these barriers will need to be deployed in case of a flooding emergency.
It was a great event for all concerned, and we wish everyone at South West Water the best of luck and hope that their proactive flood management policies are very successful in preventing future flood chaos and damage.