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Flood Barrier Stops Runaway Rail Car

13-06-2019

At Flood Control International we normally allow for impact loads on our flood barriers, but a recent event gave us a far bigger load than we had anticipated!

We were informed by a client in Missouri that a runaway rail car had come down the rail tracks across which one of our 5ft high stop log flood barriers was holding back 1ft or water to protect their facility.

Our client said it was lucky that the rail car wasn’t fully loaded and ‘only’ 83 tons!

The photographs show that our barrier post actually stopped the car from hitting their facility and also still kept the bottom ft of the barrier in place to prevent flooding even after the event.

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