Flood Control Business Sets Up Shop in Beach Haven

Nov 21, 2018

A company specializing in flood protection products is looking to make inroads in Beach Haven and other parts of Long Beach Island.

Representatives of Flood Barrier America appeared at last week’s Beach Haven Borough Council meeting at the behest of Councilman Donald Kakstis. He said it was important for businesses and homeowners to see what kind of flood mitigation technology was available.

“These flood control measures have been available in Europe for years,” he said. “They’re really ahead of us.”

FBA’s website said the company “provides high quality and practical flood resilience products, services and solutions. We research and collaborate with affiliates and partners that protect against the growing global problem of flooding. We have an international network of affiliates that includes excellent and keystone mitigation companies, individuals and institutions. Worldwide, people are searching for simple solutions to temporarily hold back water. We provide high quality, easy to use, practical flood resilience products, services, consultation and solutions.”

Flood control has been in a prominent issue in Beach Haven. Recently, the borough council adopted a $3 million bond ordinance for removal and replacement of approximately 6,000 feet of storm drain pipe, the installation of inline tide valves (back flow preventers) to restrict bay water from flooding the streets, and three new bayside pump stations at the ends of Seventh Avenue, 10th Avenue and Pearl Street.

“Our flood control services can be done as an individual homeowner or business owner, or it could be more of a community effort,” said Zachary Cutler, FBA president. “These products have been very successful in the Netherlands, where much of the country is flood-prone. We’d like to work with people not just on the Island but all over the East Coast.”

During a video presentation, Cutler highlighted a tube barrier system, composed of PVC material, as a possible solution. It is a flexible tube with a waterside flap attached to the bottom that is anchored on any surface.

“The rising flood water flows over the flap into the tube chambers through the inlet openings,” Cutler said. The water in the tube balances to the same level as the flood water, providing structural integrity to the barrier. The anchors prevent initial rising water from passing below the tube, and the tube automatically empties when the water subsides. It also requires no maintenance.”

Cutler said he plans to return to the borough in December.

“I am definitely getting some clients and hope to meet with others who may be interested for a little walk-through of our products,” he said.

— Eric Englund

ericenglund@thesandpaper.net

 

 

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