Sandbaggers Wanted - Building a Dike

Real Estate Sales Representative with Sage Executive Group Real Estate

Sometimes it's not enough to simply toss the bags. Sometimes we need to step into a leadership role, and, well - Build the dike. 

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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.....


Posted by

Sharon Lancaster

Real Estate and Marketing Professional

Homes From the Heart

Comments (4)

Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA - Eureka, CA
Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA

Good Morning Sharon, I had never considered how to build a dike, I hope the waters recede!

Apr 05, 2011 03:58 AM
Sharon Lancaster
Sage Executive Group Real Estate - Kelowna, BC
SRES, Realty Executives Okanagan

Ah, but Dan the waters are just beginning to arrive. Peak will be around the end of this month, at about 20 feet above the banks... receding by mid may.

Apr 05, 2011 04:06 AM
San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale - San Antonio, TX
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hill Country

Sharon....Wow !!!    allot of work !!!!   Hope all goes well .....

Apr 05, 2011 11:55 AM
Sharon Lancaster
Sage Executive Group Real Estate - Kelowna, BC
SRES, Realty Executives Okanagan

Great idea Robert... going for a well.... but that will just bring more of the H2O stuff we are trying to evade.....

Apr 06, 2011 02:01 PM