Sometimes it's not enough to simply toss the bags. Sometimes we need to step into a leadership role, and, well - Build the dike.
For more indepth information and knowldege on Stepping up to the Dike, please visit http://www.winnipeg.ca/emergweb/Flood/BuildingADike.stm .
Build the Dike
Dike should be at least 8 feet away from building
For greater security create a trench under the sandbag dike at least one sandbag deep and two sandbags wide
Height = predicted flood water rise above ground level + two feet
Flood waters and sandbag weight will cause the ground to compact, allow for this with extra sandbags on top of required height
Width = height + 2 feet
The top of the dike must be at least 2 feet
Use a 6 mil polyethylene sheet of plastic in 3 metre wide rolls weaved between the sandbags in the dike closest to the river side.
Laying the Sandbags
First layer of sandbags must be with open/tied ends facing the same way the river/water flows
Filled portion of the following sandbags will be placed on top of the ends of the first layer of sandbags (lapping)
Form rows in a brick pattern
Turn second layer sandbags 90 degrees, continuing this 90 degree turning pattern every layer
Every new layer must be pushed back ¼ of a sandbag width to create a "step-like" pattern
Then start over again.....