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MYRTLE BEACH, SC, October 03, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Flood protection company Geodesign Barriers surrounded three Myrtle Beach homes with their steel flood barriers and kept them dry throughout ten days of flooding, with three feet of water covering the area.
When the Waccamaw River and the Intracoastal Waterway near Myrtle Beach, SC, flooded from the heavy rains following Hurricane Florence, three homeowners decided to fight back with flood barriers. Geodesign Barriers, a flood protection company out of Hobe Sound, FL, answered a call from Myrtle Beach homeowner Ted Richardson on the night of Thursday, September 20th and loaded a truck with equipment to make the 650-mile drive to South Carolina the following day. By mid-Saturday, the two-man crew from Geodesign had surrounded three houses, well before the flood had reached any of them.
"We had to act fast and focused on loading the truck immediately after we got off the phone with Mr. Richardson," said Sam Kullberg, VP of Geodesign Barriers. "As soon as we got to Myrtle Beach and met up with the truck to offload the eleven tons of equipment, we knew we would be ok. The build-up takes less than a couple of hours per house, for the two of us."
The flood barriers were a huge success and kept all three houses completely dry, saving the homeowners from more than $100,000 in damages. The successful dams gathered interest from the National Guard in South Carolina as well as FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
"The barriers saved my home," said Ted Richardson, who finished building his dream house less than one year ago.
Geodesign Barriers is a Florida-based flood protection company. It is a subsidiary of Swedish flood protection and civil engineering company Geodesign AB, with a history of twenty-three years in flood protection in Europe, and has recently established itself in the United States. The flood barriers in Geodesign's product portfolio come in two different variants: a premium steel barrier (used in Myrtle Beach) and a diamond plate barrier, which is extendable up to eight feet. Both product lines are infinitely connectable in length and require no tools to assemble. The A-frame design creates a self-anchoring barrier and the plastic liner provides a perfect seal to keep water out.
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