Flood Gate Testing at Columbus Regional Hospital

Flood Gate Testing at Columbus Regional Hospital


Today was the test of one of the
fifteen floodgates that surround the hospital. This is one of the vehicular gates. It’s the
third largest gate of all the gates around the hospital. We chose to test it for
that reason, and the fact that it is at the north side of the facility and won’t disrupt any
traffic. We tested that gate today to ensure that it operates properly
and make sure it does what we think it’s going to do and give everybody the peace of mind that it does. Our
testing today was set up by Robyns Construction and basically what we did
is, we built a wall on the wet side of the gate and that’s holding the water in as we fill
that area up with a fire hose and so basically it took the water and put it into the drainage
system of the gate. We plugged the drains in the bottom of the
reservoir, the basin of the gate and then so as the basin filled up that
lifted the gate up and this temporary wall that will be taken
down. The gate actually operates under
buoyancy. It has a reservoir underneath the gate and when that reservoir fills with water, the water continues to rise and lifts
the gate up into a vertical position. You have to have a lot
of water to make it raised but it’s set up so that the water that comes towards the facility is what raises the gate. That depends on how fast the water is coming in. Today we used a fire hose so it took
about fifteen minutes, but if you had a total sheet of water covering the width
of the gate, the gate would certainly raise a whole lot quicker. So the gates are designed only to raise to the
level required by the water it’s trying to protect the
hospital from. You start looking out here in the whole north lot when you looked out, this whole thing was underwater.
Pretty much to where I was standing this is where the edge of the water was and so when you looked out, everything was probably about four to four and a half feet underwater from here and all you saw was just a big sea of
water and you didn’t know where the heck it came from. So when you start looking at these
floodgates now and what they could do as far as providing an area of safe haven for the patients, the staff, and
everybody that’s inside it lends itself to a sense of “Good, we’re not going to have to have that level of urgency again”. The system is basically fifteen gates and a
flood wall the flood wall has been designed to be two feet
higher than the 100 year flood level which provides a two-foot cushion, speaking based upon the flood of 2008. So we have a two-foot additional
protection around the entire building and it’s comprised again of a flood
wall and the fifteen gates. In the event of a flood similar to 2008,
the water won’t come into the building as it did before,and we have areas of safe
refuge around the building that give us an opportunity to
stage equipment and materials if we needed to do so and certainly gives us plenty of area to evacuate patients if in fact we would ever have to do that again.

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