Hungarian facility chooses AquaFence for future flood protection

AquaFence A/S will supply custom AquaFence elements to Adony, south of Budapest in Hungary, to protect Europe's largest intervention maize storage facility, which is at risk of severe flooding due to its location on the banks of the Duna river. The AquaFence elements, totaling 54 meters in length, will be used to seal 4 gates to the facility when flood warnings are given. AquaFence sections will ensure that flood waters are kept at bay in even the most severe conditions...

BUDAPEST, Hungary, Dec. 11, 2007 -- AquaFence A/S will supply custom 1.3 meters long x 1.8 meters high AquaFence elements to Adony, south of Budapest in Hungary. The AquaFence elements will be used to protect Europe's largest intervention maize storage facility, which is at risk of severe flooding due to its location on the banks of the Duna river.

The AquaFence elements, totaling 54 meters in length will be used to seal 4 gates to the facility when flood warnings are given. As flooding events in this area produce extremely large volumes of water, taller, 1.8 meter AquaFence sections will be used, ensuring that flood waters are kept at bay in even the most severe conditions.

"Standard AquaFence elements are 2 meters long and 1.2 meters high but we ensure that we are as flexible as possible in order to meet the needs of customers with premises at risk of flooding," said Helge Krogenes, Managing Director, AquaFence A/S. "These 1.8m x 1.3m sections are much more suitable for the volume of water produced in this particular area of the Duna during flooding, and we are confident that AquaFence will mitigate any future flood damage at the facility."

AquaFence elements are quickly and easily installed, to form an impervious to water flood protection wall. In use, the unique design of AquaFence comes into its own. The pressure of the water itself provides strength and stability ensuring that the AquaFence elements stay in place. This new concept in flood protection ensures high integrity throughout an AquaFence installation, which is fortified by a specially developed seal that mitigates water ingress between AquaFence elements and the ground.

The patented design of AquaFence addresses the inherent failings of traditional flood protection methods such as high costs, low strength and water leakage, slow deployment and expensive and time consuming disposal. Sandbags are the most common form of flood protection but are notoriously time and manpower intensive to set-up -- it can take a ten man team just 1 hour to erect an impenetrable 100 meter AquaFence flood barrier, as opposed to up to 72 hours for the same length and height in sandbags.

AquaFence is currently in use in potential flood zones in Europe and the USA and has local offices in Rakkestad, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden; Düsseldorf, Germany; Lynwood, Washington, USA; and Alcester, UK.

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