Recent storms, including Hurricane Sally and Tropical Storm Beta, have brought a lot of flooding to the Gulf Coast. According to experts, the flooding was not only a result from the at times torrential rains, but also from storm surges. In Louisiana, areas outside the levee protection system were hit especially hard. Sally brought serious flooding to Pensacola where the surge heights reached 5.6 feet. In Shell Beach, Louisiana recorded a storm surge of 4.9 feet. Even though Tropical Storm Beta made landfall in Texas, Coastal Flood Warnings remained in place for parts of the Louisiana coast with many locations seeing tides 2-4 feet above normal high tide.
How Amphibious Vehicles Can Help
During storm surges, roads and properties can become inundated with water. Storm surges are usually accompanied by heavy rains and tropical force winds. In these conditions, trees will come down and power poles will get toppled. The extreme rise in water levels and strong winds can cause severe flooding, property damage, and beach and coastal highway erosion. In some places, it can take days if not weeks before the flood waters recede. In these conditions, amphibious vehicles are your best bet to get back to normal as soon as possible. Amphibious excavators can help clear debris the floodwaters brought with them.
Amphibious excavators are a type of excavator designed to be used for dredging in shallow water. They are better equipped with their pontoon undercarriages for operation in swamp/wetlands operations that traditional barge-mounted dredgers are ill-equipped to handle. Wilco Marsh Buggies’ amphibious excavators are engineered to have the most stable undercarriages constructed from the most reliable, state-of-the-art components available. Each undercarriage is fabricated to the specifications of the attached equipment to supply the lowest ground pressure, the best maneuverability, and the highest degree of buoyancy possible.