Flood
Protection
in
East
Grand
Forks

Invisible Floodwall
Sample section of "Invisible Flood Control Wall"
Photo: Alan Draves

The city of East Grand Forks built a new dike and floodwall to protect the rebuilt downtown area. The two blocks closest to the river will be protected by the first U.S. installation of the "Invisible Flood Control Wall". The "Invisible Flood Control Wall" is erected only when a flood threatens. The rest of the time, the river will be visible from the downtown area. The "Invisible Flood Control Wall" is erected on a permanent concrete base. When a flood threatens, the vertical columns are inserted in holes in the concrete base, and the interlocking horizontal planks are stacked between the columns. The supports are then erected behind the floodwall, resting on concrete pads. As floodwater rises against the outside of the wall, floodwater fills the hollow horizontal planks, strengthening the wall.
Invisible Floodwall
Assembling the floodwall: First the aluminum support columns are bolted to the floodwall base.
Photo: Alan Draves
Floodwall
The base of the "Invisible Flood Control Wall" under construction. The base will provide protection to the 100-year flood level.
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Floodwall
Next, aluminum planks are stacked between the support columns.
Photo: Alan Draves
More Photos of Floodwall and Dike Construction in East Grand Forks

Downtown East Grand Forks after the Flood

Rebuilding Downtown East Grand Forks



Flood Control America
(Web site of the manufacturer of the "Invisible Flood Control Wall")
"Invisible Flood Control Wall" is a registered trademark of Flood Control America
Floodwall
Finally, angle braces are bolted in place behind the planks.
Photo: Alan Draves


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