Anglo-German barrier system won’t float away


Thermoplastic expert Structure-flex has introduced a unique, patented flood protection system to the UK.

The British-manufactured Mobildeich system consists of two or three flexible tubes which are filled with water and positioned as a physical barrier along river banks, around property or anywhere flood water may threaten. Available in varying sizes, it can be linked together for almost any length of defence and provides a barrier for flood waters from 45cm to 3.5m high.

Delivered rolled-up on a metal frame and axle, the barrier is seemingly quickly established by rolling it out and filling it with a water main or flood water using a pump. The firm says it is compact to store and can be deployed over almost any surface including uneven terrain.

Seemingly unique and helpful features include a strong netting, which encases the tubes, keeping them together. Said the firm: “Competing systems can be susceptible to floating away if water levels exceed 70% of the height of the barrier. However, Mobildeich’s innovative and patented membrane is physically held in place by the weight of the flood water itself, ensuring the barrier remains firmly in place even if the water level exceeds it.”

First designed in 2002, the system is seemingly used across Europe and has been deployed as both a flood defence and to hold back water to gain maintenance access to submerged structures such as bridge supports and sea defences.