Greetings Space Cadets, the floods may be over but here in forgotten Cumbria we are still living dealing with the effects of Storm Desmond. You have seen my Video
of the floods at our home and you have seen the Photos
, and my Chickens
playing in the receding waters but today I thought I would share the makeshift defences I built to protect the house in what I call:
It's an ingenious solution to a problem that should never have existed in the first place.
The volume of water that passed over our home could not be stopped but I could be diverted so take a look at my dams and diversions part modelled from a document I watched in the 90s where an inventor was pitted again the British army to hold back a flood, the Army and their sandbag walls lost to metal frame with a plastic sheet that held by about 9 sandbags, and from what I observed the weight of the water created the seal, and in the tiny spot where it leaked you tossed a sand bag over into the water and it resealed whereas at the army barrier waster was flowing through as if it wasn’t there.
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To keep the water from getting under the house, this barrier diverts the water to the away in the direction of the stream. The speed of the water keeps it moving past, and stops it from flowing back and behind.
To Channel the water to flow through the drive way gates stopping it flowing through this gate and washing up to and through the front door. The plastic sheet is wrapped around a heavy Slate sheet that fits the gate perfectly. The Soil is there to be washed away, but before it is the weight of the water that will build up seals the gate.
A Small divergence to stop the shor line that formed in the garage and the point the water to its final destination, the stream out back.
Bins filled with water for weight in case the barrier failed to serve as wave barkers to stop the wave surges from vehicles attempting the pass. Behind these where more wooden beams simile to the barrier to stop water from getting under the house and at the garage but in 3 staggered layers to serve as wave barkers.
The Slate Plate.
The debris line on the drive way gates.
The Dry Zone