Sandbaggers

The Sandbagger machines have been used worldwide from municipalities in Indiana and barricade companies in Michigan, to flood relief in Louisiana and safe-guarding our troops in the Middle East. Whatever your bagging needs are, The Sandbagger machines can meet them.

All of our machines come with a one year warranty which covers parts and labor, we know that your machine will give you many years of bagging use without any trouble.  Your decision to purchase a Sandbagger will give you peace of mind knowing that you are prepared for times of emergency. Our goal is to meet our customers’ needs in every bagging capacity whether it is flooding, fire, soil erosion, or hazardous spill-containment, our machines will bag sand very quickly to help control the problem. When it comes to Emergency Management you can never be too prepared.

We work with all budgets and when you consider the alternative, The Sandbagger makes perfect sense.

 

Testimonials

Minnesota Army National Guard

“The Sandbagger™ was the most effective tool we had available in our fight against the flood waters. Little training was needed to operate the machine and no special qualifications were necessary. Its reliability and ease of use attests to its superior engineering”

 

The West Jefferson Levee District

Harry Cahill President of the West Jefferson Levee District, Board of Commissioners Marrero LA says:
“I can say our production increased 500 %. Our employees are also very enthusiastic with its operation”

 

Department of the Army

“The Sandbagger™ could do the work of 40 people with shovels and bags”

 

Grand Forks Emergency Management

Emergency Manager Jim Campbell Says:
“Sandbagger™ worked so efficiently that we leased a second one in addition to the one we purchased.”

 

How to fill a sandbag

Bags should be filled between one-third (1/3) to one-half (1/2) of their capacity. This keeps the bag from getting too heavy, and permits the bags to be stacked with a good seal.

For large scale operations, filling sandbags can be expedited by using one of our sandbag filling machines.  Any of our sandbag filling machines can be ordered from The Sandbagger Corporation before and during an emergency.

Sandbag placement

Remove any debris from the area where the bags are to be placed.

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Fold the open end of the unfilled portion of the bag to form a triangle. If tied bags are used, flatten or flare the tied end.

Place the partially filled bags lengthwise and parallel to the direction of flow, with the open end facing against the water flow. Tuck the flaps under, keeping the unfilled portion under the weight of the sack.

Place succeeding bags on top, offsetting by one-half (1/2) filled length of the previous bag, and stamp into place to eliminate voids, and form a tight seal.

Stagger the joint connections when multiple layers are necessary. For unsupported layers over three (3) courses high, use the pyramid placement method.

Pyramid Placement Method

The pyramid placement is used to increase the height of sandbag protection.

Place the sandbags to form a pyramid by alternating header courses (bags placed crosswise) and stretcher courses (bags placed lengthwise).

 

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Stamp each bag in place, overlap sacks, maintain staggered joint placement, and tuck in any loose ends.

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Ringing boils

A boil is a condition where water is flowing through or under an earth structure (such as a levee) that is retaining water. Free flowing water wants to move to lower elevations. If a levee is stopping floodwaters, the water may be able to find weak points to enter. This action is called “piping”. If the water finds a large enough path, the flow will become visible, and is a serious threat to the integrity of the levee. Most boils occur in sand, silt, or some combination.

A boil is found on the landward side of the levee, or in the ground past the levee toe (the exact distance varies with local conditions). Possible boil sites can be identified by free standing or flowing water (other than culverts, pumps, etc). A boil can be found only by close inspection. A prime indicator is water bubbling (or “boiling”), much like a natural spring. Another is obvious water movement in what appears to be standing water.

Carefully examine the water for movement. Boils will have an obvious exit (such as a rodent hole), but the water may be cloudy from siltation, or the hole very small. If there is any movement in the water, carefully approach the site, disturbing the water as little as possible. Let the water settle, and look at the suspected site. If you see the hole, examine it carefully. If the water flow is clear, there are no problems as yet. If there is no distinct hole, the water flow is not a threat. Monitor the site regularly for changes, and take no other actions.

A dirty water flow indicates that the soil is being eroded by the water, and that could mean failure of the levee. A boil ring is the best solution. The idea is to reduce the water flow until the water is flowing clear, but not to stop the water flow. This acts as a relief valve for the water pressure; the water continues to flow, but is not eroding the material. If the water flow is stopped, the pressure will remain, and another boil will form.

Ring the boil with sandbags, with the first bags back 1-2 feet from the boil. More, if the soil is unstable. Build the first layer in a circle, 2-4 bags across, and then build up, bringing each layer in. If possible, keep the interior face straight. Build the ring wall with the means for water to flow out, leaving a gap in the wall, or using pipes. Adjust the flows until the water slows, and becomes clear. Monitor the ring wall constantly. Raise or lower the height of the wall as necessary, maintaining a slow, clear flow.

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The height should be only enough to create enough head to slow flow so that no more material is displaced, and the water runs clear.

Notes:

Do not sack a boil which does not put out material.

The entire base should be cleared of debris and scarified.

Tie into the levee if the boil is near a toe.

All joints must be staggered.

Be sure to clear the sand discharge.

Never attempt to completely stop the flow through a boil.

 

Corps of Engineers Sandbag Policy

Local governments, flood control districts, and other government agencies, are responsible for maintaining a supply of sandbags adequate to cover anticipated emergencies. The District maintains a limited sandbag stockpile to augment local jurisdictions during actual flood emergencies. The Corps will issue only to agencies or governments. Individual citizens requesting sandbags will be directed to their local government.

At the discretion of the District Commander, a portion of the District’s stockpile may be loaned to meet a specific local flood emergency. Unused stocks must be returned to District as soon as the emergency is over. Consumed stocks must be replaced in kind, or paid for by the local interests, unless the District Commander has declared a flood emergency for that locality, in which case no reimbursement is necessary.

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