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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deploy Defencell® Flood Walls to Protect Downtown Smithland
State and local officials rush to construct Defencell flood barriers along Smithland Lock and Dam to reduce dam runoff.
“If it wasn’t for Defencell flood barriers, two-thirds of Smithland – including the County Seat – would be under water right now,” said Brent Stringer, Livingston County Emergency Management Officer for Livingston County, Kentucky on Tuesday. “Not only has the product exceeded our expectations, but also the expectations of the Army Corps. of Engineers.”
Defencell Flood Walls are lightweight, stackable water containment barriers designed to help first responders construct flood protection much faster than traditional sandbags. Fiberweb, Inc., shipped 48 Defencell pallets - with each pallet containing 44 units equivalent to more than 15,000 sandbags - from Old Hickory, Tenn. to Smithland, Ky. in less than 24 hours.
The decision to deploy Defencell barriers comes after recent flood testing conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Test results determined that Defencell flood walls significantly outperform sandbags in the areas of installation and removal time, water seepage and overall system endurance.
Fiberweb, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fiberweb plc, is one of the world’s largest and leading suppliers of high performance, specialty nonwoven fabrics. With its vast experience in nonwoven geotextiles, Fiberweb has long been regarded as a technological innovator with a strong portfolio of intellectual property, a preferred partner for customers focused on high-quality and reliable supply, and a consistent investor in a global network of competitive manufacturing assets. With revenues approaching $1 billion and over 1,800 employees worldwide, the company has a strong global position with major operations in North America, Europe and Asia.
Defencell® is a registered trademark of Terram Ltd. An affiliate of Fiberweb, Inc., and J&S Franklin Ltd.
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Defencell™ Force Protection Systems are the result of a decades-long investment in research, development, and testing to create the most effective and versatile expeditionary protective barriers available.