Battling The Flood In Smithland
Smithland, Kentucky

Project Details

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Architect
Fiberweb, Inc, EMAC, LLC
Location
Smithland, Kentucky
Project Year
2011

Situated at the confluence of the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers, Smithland, Kentucky, a historic town and county seat of Livingston County, is no stranger to fighting floods. While rising spring waters have at times threatened the community, Smithland has never had to deal with floods as dire as what late April and early May 2011 has delivered. With little notice, the community of just over 400 people had to prepare for a record surge in river levels. The Louisville office of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers contacted Fiberweb® to request the emergency installation of a TYPAR® Geocells / Defencell® Flood Wall system.

Quick, easy and effective TYPAR Geocells are made in the USA and can be used to protect property from flood damage and to meet local codes and state and federal regulations for sediment and erosion control. Depending on the fill, TYPAR Geocells can be used for flood and water control or construction erosion and sediment control. TYPAR Geocells serves the civilian environmental application market.

This project represents the largest ever emergency installation of a Geocell Flood Wall system in the United States. The Geocell Flood Wall is a geotextile-based system, originally developed for ballistic defenses in military operations, and can be quickly constructed utilizing local fill, sand, or other common aggregates.

Within 24 hours of receiving a call from the Corp of Engineers, Fiberweb delivered three miles worth of Geocell Flood Wall units that, once installed, would provide almost four feet of additional flood protection height to a key stretch of the levee in Smithland.

As a testament to the product’s ease of use, within an hour of delivery to Smithland small teams were able to start placing, connecting and filling, the Geocell Flood Wall systems using primarily skid steers. And within the first three hours, they achieved an installation rate of 20+ units per hour. At that rate, the teams installed the equivalent protection of approximately 22,196 sandbags in only the initial three hours after delivery of the Geocell Flood Wall system