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floodgate

noun allow in massive problems, circumvention, colossal opening, door, escape, exhaust, exit, inundation, means, moat, open faucet, open flood-hatch, open gate, opening, outlet, overflow, provide a wide opening, release, safety valve, spout, vent
Associated concepts: immigration, open the floodgates
See also: crossroad, outlet
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JACKBOX is a lightweight and durable temporary flood barrier, which recently passed the US Army Corps of Engineers laboratory testing at the ERDC in Mississippi, USA.
The process is designed to be suitable to manufacture a wide range of complex products such as flood barriers, as well as marine and construction applications.
Andrew Redfern, chief executive of Lightning Aerospace, said: "We were successful in a competitive tender earlier this year to become the sheet metal fabricator for Global Flood Defence Systems and its revolutionary self closing flood barrier.
Eric Pickles could be useful in future as a human flood barrier.
These may include closing Victoria Park, and erecting the flood barrier at the Sydenham underpass.
Experience has already shown that the Rhine Delta flood barrier has significantly affected phytoplankton blooms in the North Sea.
The main parts of the defences, including a flood barrier, a dam, and two water pumps, were all working properly, according to the independent report commissioned by the Environment Agency and released yesterday.
Yet very few Teessiders are aware that the second largest movable flood barrier in the world - the four main gates are 200 ft wide and 66 ft high with an approximate weight of 3,700 tons - were fabricated by Cleveland Bridge at Port Clarence.
A drainage ditch has since been filled in but residents - some of whom were unable to return home for six months after the flood - called for a flood barrier to be erected, to ease their fears of further problems.
It centres on an engineering boss who has to put aside personal issues when a crisis unfolds at the Thames flood barrier.
HIGH AND DRY: the new flood barrier seems to be working for the moment in Bewdley but other places are not so lucky
The Waterbag is an 18-pound, heavy vinyl-and-woven-mesh bag - which comes rolled up like a sleeping bag in its own protective sack - that can be set in place, unrolled and filled with water in just 10 to 15 minutes to provide a flood barrier up to 30 inches high.