Sandbags for Flood Control

Sandbags have a long history of use in flood control.  United Bags, Inc., for example, has supplied sandbags to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the public for 117 years.

Sandbags play a critical role in building and fortifying dikes and levees to protect our communities.  The bags are low cost and easily transported to the site where needed.  They can be filled with locally available sand or soil by unskilled workers.  A few new inventions have come along as potential replacements, but all lack the time-tested efficiency and effectiveness of sandbags.

sandbag dikeIf you follow the news, it almost seems there’s a flood somewhere at any given time.  And when it comes to flood control, sandbags are the first choice of defense.  For instance, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers provided 13 million sandbags this year, in addition to those purchased by communities.

The same properties that make sandbags (earthbags) ideal for flood control – strength, durability, resistance to moisture, low cost, ease of use – also makes them well suited for building houses and other structures.

Floods are an all too common reality, so ask yourself this: In the event of a flood would you rather have a wood-framed house or an earthbag house?

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2 thoughts on “Sandbags for Flood Control”

  1. I’m lovin’ it! I actually just read like three of your posts today. So that means you better keep writing more, because I am going through these like they’re going out of style.

  2. Sandbags play an ever increasing role in protecting life, property and environment. However, when it comes to protection from flooding too many communities fail to have sound emergency preparedness programs in place. Typically communities hand out empty sandbags at one place, then citizens have to drive to another place with their own shovels to fill the bags. Then they cannot haul enough filled sandbags in the trunks of their cars to be effective. The situation then becomes a classic case of “too little, too late”.

    Ideally, when flooding is imminent many filled sandbags are needed instantly at vitle locatins. We manufacture a very high-speed, fully automated sandbagging machine that can produce from 1,200 up to 5,000 filled and sewn-closed bags per hour, unantended. The machine is fully transportable. The machine uses wet or dry sand, earth, gravel, small rocks or any flowable material.

    Sewn closed bags each contain an equal amount of sand. Therefore they can be stacked higher and tighter than open or tied-end sandbags. Go to our web page to view a video clip demonstration and obtain more information.

    Thank you,

    Ernie Engle

    Ernest E. Engle
    Vice President, Business Development
    Ensor Equipment, Inc.
    106 Thunder Circle
    Bensalem PA 19020
    215-757-3868 (Office)
    215-752-1679 (Fax)
    215-245-7778 (Cell)


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