is a highly cost-effective transportable flood protection
barrier that can be rapidly deployed, prior to or even
during heavy rain and severe weather when there is
a recognised danger of flooding. After the rain, sea
or river water has receded the flood barrier can be
easily dismantled and stored ready for the next flood
Sept 2011: The Norwegian American Weekly's
“Calm.” “Confident.” “I slept at night.” These are not statements one would expect to hear during a flood, but they are how customers of AquaFence, a Norwegian company with United States subsidiaries, describe their experiences with the product.
In 2003, the flood protection industry was changed forever with the founding of AquaFence in Norway.
The company was established based on the idea of using the weight of oncoming floodwater to support a flood barrier. The result was the AquaFence flood protection system, which is made from marine-grade panels, aluminum, stainless steel, and canvas. The units use water as a stabilizer, so, as water rises against the wall, the system actually becomes stronger and less permeable.
AquaFence has had considerable growth since its founding eight years ago and today is the optimal alternative to sandbags and levees. AquaFence’s products are designed and produced in Norway, but the company serves flood-threatened communities throughout the world through regional offices, including two in the United States (located in Seattle, Washington, and Minneapolis, Minnesota).
The product holds a prestigious certificate through the Hamburg University of Technology.
AquaFence significantly outperforms other flood protection systems regarding water seepage, and it can be deployed and disassembled much more quickly as well. When the community of Mount Vernon, Washington, utilized sandbags for flood protection, it took 2,000 people 12 hours to protect 1,500 feet. After the community invested in an AquaFence barrier, it took 25 people three hours to protect the same distance: over 300 times faster!
Other communities in the United States have been very pleased with the performance of AquaFence as well. In 2010 and 2011, record flooding occurred in Fargo, North Dakota, and AquaFence was used both years. Residents commented on the minimal disturbance caused to the community, the absence of environmental impacts to the sites where AquaFence was used, and the green nature of the product. Unlike sandbags, which absorb floodwater contaminants, AquaFence allows for natural dispersion of contaminants and does not absorb any waste.
The product also reduces CO2 emissions of flood fights by eliminating the need to transport sand.
Additionally, the Fargo community was grateful for the peace of mind that AquaFence offered during a normally stressful time. Sharri Lacher, Director of Sanford Health’s Reproductive Medicine Institute, commented, “We were very sure that all of the contents within the department would be safe.” Now, as AquaFence units are mobile, reusable, and easily stacked and stored, the community of Fargo will be able to use its AquaFence units again in the future.
Communities have different needs and timeframes regarding floods, so AquaFence is available in multiple sizes and also via various payment plans.
Customers can purchase units of AquaFence upfront, or they also have the option of paying a flood preparedness fee. In return, AquaFence ensures that a barrier will be in place in case of a flood.
From a humble founding in Norway in 2003 to a global presence today, AquaFence has established an important presence in the flood protection industry and has greatly aided numerous communities in their fights against flood devastation.
It is AquaFence’s vision that, as the company continues to expand, disturbances caused by flooding such as road closure and property damage will be a thing of the past and that flood-threatened communities will enjoy year-round peace of mind.