Building a Bund to protect your property from flooding.
A Bund described in this article is made from clay based soil formed into an embankment to act as a flood barrier protecting domestic gardens from flooding.
Bunds can also be constructed for use as sound barriers alongside noisy roads, as safety barriers around oil storage tanks and to create micro climate growing areas.
Bunds are also known as Levees, Flood banks, Stop banks, Earth sound barriers, Flood barriers and Embankments.
Tools you will need to build a Bund.
You will need gloves, shovels, a digger and dumper or wheelbarrow and a lot of labour or help from friendly neighbours.
The materials needed to construct a Bund are mainly clayey soil, breeze blocks or similar and damp course material or plastic sheeting.
Facts about clay.
Constructing a Bund / Embankment
Finish and Stabilise the Bund construction.
Maintenance of a Bund Bank.
Why do Rivers Flood?
Floods are natural events. Mainly happening when the area of land, rivers and the streams that flow into the main river receives a lot more than the usual amounts of rainwater, causing the level of the water in the river to rise above the level of the bank. The actual flooding can take place at any point along the river and sometimes many miles downstream.
The swollen river is more likely to flood on bends in the river, poorly maintained banks and sections that have become dammed with debris, trapped around fallen trees.