Vegetation encroachment issues are central to any flood control program and inexpensive, low-impact treatment is key to success. Slashbuster® attachments on long reach excavators are providing flood control disticts all over the U.S. with a new flood control equipment solution that saves money, property and lives.
"...a marvelous piece of equipment
which is aiding tremendously in our
flood abatement program."
Alabama's mayor Bernard Kincaid in
his January 2002 state of the city
Flooding events are magnified when dense
vegetation slows the water flow . To remedy this,
the operator simply shreds trees and
vegetation as they stand, then rakes
the resultant debris high above water
level to prevent it from entering
the channel. Soil and seed bed disturbance
is minimized by walking the equipment
over wooden pads as seen in the second
image, and the root systems of mulched
trees remain in place to stabilize
the drainage bank.
"SLASHBUSTER"® HD 422 mounted on a fifty-foot long
Historically, flood control projects would
bulldoze encroaching vegetation to while a dragline
scraped the remaining debris from
the channel and its banks. While this
control method was efficient, its
side effect was bank destabilization, increase in sediment
load to the waterway and an obliteration
of vegetation cover. Because of these
concerns, new flood control equipment
was sought and the "SLASHBUSTER"® was found.