For over 40 years, geosynthetics have provided easy-to-implement solutions for flood protection.
When waters rise in a levee system, the integrity of the levee itself may be at risk if the water overtops. The “dry” side of the embankment often lacks the engineering found at the expected interface of water and soil/structure.
But, if water reaches the other side of the levee, that embankment often earthen may develop rills. Erosive water might seep into the core of the levee, weakening it, and precipitate failure. Geosynthetics resolve threats like this, often in ways that can be adapted easily to the local conditions. This flexibility in options is one of the great advantages in incorporating geosynthetics.